Fans of A&E's Duck Dynasty think it's one of the best reality TV shows ever, thanks in large part to the antics of the Roberston family. Viewers have a particular image of the Robertsons; the Louisiana clan portrays itself as "down home," "backwoods," even ignorant, and proud of it. However, the truth about the family is far more complex and quite different from their TV image.
Is Duck Dynasty fake? There are certainly a number of ways the Duck Dynasty family lies about their identity and background. Many of the Robertsons hold college degrees, for instance. And then there's their physical appearance - those celebrated beards might have been grown especially for the cameras.
Whether you've seen every season of Duck Dynasty or you've never caught an episode, you'll likely agree that the true stories about the Robertsons are way more interesting than what you see on their "reality" show.
They Call The Show Guided Reality
The cast of Duck Dynasty has admitted that their reality show wasn't taken from real life. They called it "guided reality," and claimed that they spent a lot of time coming up with scenarios and pitching them to producers. Despite the way everything was presented to the public, nothing was real.
The Beards Are New
According to some sources, the Robertson men never sported beards until they landed lucrative roles playing rednecks. Photos of the men prior to the premiere of Duck Dynasty show clean-shaven, wealthy businessmen.
As one writer put it, "A&E appears to have taken a large clan of affluent, college-educated, mildly conservative, country club Republicans, common across the nicer suburbs of the old south, and repackaged them as the Beverly Hillbillies."
They're Insanely Wealthy
While they weren't old money before Duck Dynasty premiered, the Robertsons were doing well for themselves. Their duck call operation started out small, but thanks to the entertainment industry, it grew to be a major endeavor by the time the A&E series aired.
The show was a hit, and the Robertsons became millionaires. Most of that wealth comes from merchandise; stop by Walmart, and you'll see the family's bearded faces on everything from baby clothes to glassware to bearded house slippers.
They're College Grads
The Robertsons love presenting themselves as backwoods, often ignorant people. In real life, though, most of the family holds college degrees and worked as professionals before they donned the beards and camo.
Patriarch Phil Robertson is the most highly educated member of this family. He first earned a Bachelor's degree in physical education, then went back for his Master's degree in education (M.ed.) He then began a teaching career in Louisiana schools.