Duck Dynasty is a one-of-a-kind reality show that follows a very unique family around. The show stars American family, “The Robertsons.” They live deep in the Louisiana swampland, but they’re also multimillionaires. The patriarch of the family happened to create a duck caller that revolutionized the hunting game and made the bunch rich beyond measure. The men have something else in common, too: super long beards – until now, when one of the Robertson men decided to shave his, rendering him basically unrecognizable to his fans and even some of his relatives!
Jase Robertson, one of the beloved brothers on the show, is known for his jokes and his fluffy beard, among many other things. Fans have come to know and love his character, fuzz and all. So, they were in for quite a surprise when he told them he was going to lose it. There were mixed feelings from across the board about it.
Some fans were really looking forward to seeing Jase with zero facial hair, while others were teary-eyed even thinking about the prospect of him getting rid of the beard. The results of the transformation were so shocking that even his own wife admitted it was hard to recognize him without the beard!
All the Quacks
The Robertson fortune was built solely off of one thing: duck calls. It’s a pretty crazy thing for an entire fortune to be built off of, but that’s exactly how this family can afford to live the over-the-top lifestyle that they choose to live. But while the Robertsons may seem pretty wild, to say the least, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t also educated. In fact, the family’s patriarch, Phil, not only went to college, but he was actually his school’s star quarterback.
The NFL even tried to draft him directly from Louisiana State, but he turned down the offer because football season and duck hunting season interfere with one another. Phil launched his company all the way back in the early 1970s, but it wasn’t until 2012 that it was popularized by the hit reality show.
The Famous Fuzz
But the crazy-long and super recognizable chin full of hair isn’t exclusive to Jase – it’s a Robertson family staple. Most of the men in the family sport the beard, or at least have (or will) for a portion of their lives. In fact, the long facial locks have become so popularly attached to the family that they won’t even talk about shaving. At least, they wouldn’t until Jase made the announcement that he was going to be losing his beard.
The shock that fans first exhibited was understandable, considering how unheard of this move was amongst the family. Although, he wouldn’t be the only one in the group to decide to go with a more clean-cut look.
Married at a Young Age
Phil Robertson married his wife under unconventional circumstances, as far as modern-day marriages go. Miss Kay, Robertson’s wife and resident patriarch, was only 15 years old at the time they tied the knot. The show features the families of their 4 grown children, Jep, Jase, Willie, and Alan, as they pursue the family business of duck hunting.
Some of the family members have gained quite a following since beginning their journey on the show. Willie’s daughter, Sadie, appeared on the hit show Dancing with the Stars. But how would their fans know who to follow, if they didn’t have their famous beards? And what would happen when they decided to get rid of them?
Speak No Evil
Fans may be aware of the controversy that arose when Phil Robertson made anti-LGBTQA comments during his interview with GQ magazine, in January of 2013. The family backed him up in a statement that they released following the incident, saying that the remarks stemmed from his literalistic beliefs in one of the many versions of the Christian bible. The situation angered people so much that the series was actually pulled from the air for a while.
In fact, ratings actually dropped quite a bit in the aftermath of that interview, as well. But the show did see the completion of a successful 11 seasons before they finally called it quits. So, did Jase decide to shave his beard because he was no longer going to be on TV?
The Handsome One
Duck Dynasty viewers have dubbed Jase Robertson as both the best looking and funniest of the entire bunch. However, he earned that title with his full beard in tow. After all, Duck Dynasty ladies love themselves beards so long they could be hiding something within them.
How would Jase’s fans feel when he appeared bare-faced? Would they still think he was just as good looking? As it turns out, they would have a hard time recognizing him at all, without his signature style.
The Reason of all Reasons
The long bushy beard is pretty much a staple on the male side of the Robertson family. When someone mentions Duck Dynasty, it’s hard not to imagine Phil, Jase and the others sporting their wily, speckled gray and brown beards while they crawl through the bush. So, it came as a shock when Jase told the world that he was going to get rid of his beloved facial strands.
No one could understand why on Earth he would let go of such a trademark feature. That is until he confessed his reasons for his decision to bare it all.
Jase’s daughter, Mia Robertson, gave the family quite a scare when she was born. She had several complications, including a cleft lip and palate. These conditions occur when a portion of the oral area is malformed, and typically begins during the pregnancy. Although it’s not something that any parent wants their child to have to go through, it is luckily something that can be corrected with surgeries.
By the time she was 10 years old, Mia had undergone 5 separate procedures, the first of which took place when she was just a few months old. All of the family members really rallied together to support Mia and her parents during those scary times.
Best Fans in the World
Cleft lips and palates can make it hard for the person who suffers from them to speak and eat, so the family made the decision to get Mia all of the surgeries that they could that might possibly make things easier for her. In 2014, the Robertson clan came together as she prepared for a bone graft surgery. But the family members weren’t the only ones who rallied.
They reached out to fans, who in turn completely amazed them by the amount of support they offered. Letters and thoughtful words on social media came pouring in, but the fans didn’t stop there. They did something truly amazing for Mia and others who suffer from the same thing.
The family formed a charity that they dubbed the “Mia Moo Fund,” to raise money for cleft lip and palate research and cures. After experiencing exactly how much the condition could affect someone and their family, they wanted to do as much as they possibly could to help anyone else that was struggling with it, too.
But what exactly does the Mia Moo Fund have to do with Jase shaving his beard? As it turns out, quite a bit, actually…
Raising the Necessary Funds
For the foundation to get off the ground, they needed to put down a pretty substantial amount of money. Fans helped them reach the magic number through their incredibly generous donations as Jase pledged to shave it all off. Everyone was very interested in seeing what their favorite Duck Dynasty boy looked like without all of that fuzz covering up his face. But it wasn’t just the fans that were excited about the prospect of seeing him bare it all. Jase’s wife, Missy, was pretty thrilled about the beard coming off, too.
When the couple had first gotten together, it wasn’t nearly as long, and she hadn’t seen him without the beard for over 7 years! Jase made the announcement that if they saw $100,000 in donations, he would shave it all off. Would they be able to make it happen?
The Bare-Faced Brother
While it’s become expected of the Robertson family men to keep a face full of bushy beard – not all of them choose to do so. Al, Jase’s oldest brother, kept his face bare for most of his time on the show. In fact, Al’s actually known best for being the only man in the family who doesn’t have the signature Robertson beard.
But Jase was a different story and was also known in part for his looks – beard included. Some may think that they just let their fuzz grow and grow, but Jase kept his trimmed, so it appeared just the way he and his fans liked it.
Which Kind of Person?
Superfans of the show, and of Jase in particular, had mixed feelings when Jase made the announcement that he was going to be shedding the signature facial hairstyle. After all, they may remember his famous statement about the “two kinds of people without beards.” Apparently, those two kinds of people are women and children, to which Jase said, “I am neither.” Of course, he was just kidding around when he made the comments, but some fans could have taken it to heart.
How was Jase going to feel about his new look once he took the plunge? Was he going to be happy about it, or might he regret it someday? Considering the reasoning behind why he was doing it, chances are he was very happy with his decision.
Even though Jase sported his beard throughout the entirety of the series, he wasn’t always completely happy with it. In fact, in 2013 during one interview, he told reporters that he was going to shave it when the show wrapped up. But his reasoning at that point wasn’t quite as charming.
Back then, he simply wanted to shed his on-screen persona, so that the paparazzi wouldn’t be able to pick him out of a crowd. With his beard, Jase frequently gets stopped in public by fans who want his autograph or to take a picture with him. He was ready for a life with a bit more privacy.
Say Goodbye to the Beard
When the time started approaching for him to take his seat in the barber’s chair, Jase began to get nervous. Sure, the reason behind why he was going to lose the beard was very close to his heart, but that didn’t mean he was ready to lose his character just yet. After all, that beard had become a part of him for several years and losing it meant saying goodbye to a big piece of his past.
Plus, as a professional duck hunter, those kinds of beards are pretty much standard. But Jase had already made the commitment, and the donations were getting close to reaching the magic number. It was almost time for him to say goodbye to the beard.
Jase’s beard may have earned him all kinds of recognition, but it also set him back a few times. One time when the family was traveling through an airport, Jase was stopped for additional security measures. Why? TSA had to thoroughly search through the facial fuzz to make sure he wasn’t stashing anything illegal in all of that hair.
Of course, that search took place right in the middle of duck hunting season when his beard was at its longest and fluffiest.
During the same trip when Jase was halted by security while they sifted through his beard, an excited fan stopped him for an autograph. Of course, Jase obliged the fan, and he struck up some small talk with him while he signed his name. As it turns out, the kid wasn’t exactly a fan of Jase’s at all, nor did he have any clue what Duck Dynasty was all about.
The “fan” actually thought that Jase was the actor who played the caveman in the old Geico commercials. In his defense, they do both have similarly colored fuzz! Was this mix-up enough to make Jase pick up the trimmers already?
10 Million Dollar Strands
Not just everyone who sports a crazy beard like the Robertson boys also has a bank account that could put most people's to shame. But this duck-hunting reality star has stacked himself up a net worth of nearly $10 million over the years.
He’s still at it today, too, making various appearances on different shows and at events around the country.
In 2017, the Robertson family saw the end of their reality show, which marked the end of an Era for Jase and the rest of the clan. But he wasn’t ready to retire just yet. Jase has kept himself fairly busy with television and radio appearances. A large portion of the appearances that he makes are at religious (Christian) events.
He also launched his own website, Camoflix, which is a haven for hunters and other outdoorsy types. But the end of the show also meant that it was time for Jase to let go of his beard and letting go of the beard meant making a lot of money for Mia Moo.
Shocking Fans Live
Jase certainly built up a lot of anticipation when it came to him getting rid of the beard. He appeared on the Fox morning show and announced he’d be going barefaced. But he didn’t just talk about the what, he talked about the why. Just in case any fans weren’t particularly excited about him losing his famous facial fuzz, they wouldn’t be able to be mad at him when they knew why he was doing it. So, he marked his calendar for September 4th – that was the day he decided he was going to take the plunge.
Fans were excited, but maybe not as excited as Jase’s wife, who hadn’t seen the face behind that fuzz in over 6 years! Everyone could hardly contain themselves when he walked into that barbershop. After all, Jase was the “good looking one,” but would they still think that when he revealed the rest of his face?
Time to Shave
When September 4th rolled around, fans were beside themselves with excitement. Jase knew that he had to give the fans what they wanted, which was to see the entire transformation before their very eyes. So, how exactly did Jase pull that off? He went live on Facebook and streamed the highly anticipated cut on his page.
Missy held the camera while the barber went to work, buzzing and snipping away until there was hardly anything left. When he spun around in that chair and his wife saw his face for the first time in 7 years, her reaction was priceless!
Who’s That Man?
The look on Missy’s face when she first laid eyes on her husband post-trim was hilarious. She couldn’t believe the incredible difference in appearance, simply by losing the facial hair! Now, when Jase stood by the rest of his family members, they didn’t even look related anymore.
Missy loved the new look and expressed her happiness with the entire thing, both for the way it looked and for what it was going to do for the Mia Moo Fund. Missy admitted to her Twitter followers that Jase’s bare chin has prompted her to flirt with him like he’s a “new man.” Hey, happy wife, happy life!
What the Future Holds
The question on all of his fans' minds after he made the cut was this: was he going to grow it back, or keep the clean-shaven look? As of now, it seems that Jase and the rest of the family are happy with the new look. The whole long-haired beard thing for camouflage doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, anyways – just use camo paint, Jase.
Regardless of whether or not he decides to grow it back, cutting it all off served its purpose – it raised a whole lot of money for the Mia Moo Fund.
It might surprise some die-hard Duck Dynasty fans to know that the Robertson men hadn’t been growing those beards out for their whole lives.
In their teen days, they sported the fresh-faced look (seen here accompanied by a classic mullet.) Yeah, the mullets definitely suit them, too.
Faces of the Past
Take a look at this blast from the past photograph of the Robertson boys. Jase and his brothers were all just kids in this picture, and they look pretty different than they do these days.
We can still see the same Robertson spark in the eyes, though! Future millionaires in the making…
“Uncle” Si Robertson is known for his long and unruly beard, among other things. But he hasn’t always had the signature look, either.
In fact, in his military days, he had to sport the extreme clean-cut look. He appears to be a completely different person!
Missy and Jase looked so young and innocent in this picture of them as newlyweds.
Missy still looks gorgeous, of course, but Jase looks totally different. It’s got to be nice not getting food stuck in his beard anymore!
The family in this picture is a far cry from any of the images that will pop up if you search for Duck Dynasty.
Strangely enough, this is the same family, just several years in the past and before everything they owned was camo.
Look how adorable these faces are together!
They look just as happy these days as they did way back when…
Vacation in Paradise
When you’ve got millions of dollars, you’re free to take as many luxurious vacations as you want.
The young lovers enjoyed their time sunbathing on the islands of Hawaii and eating up the fresh seafood. They’re even wearing their leis. Awww!
Phil: Pre-Duck Calling
Before his homophobic and misogynistic scandals, Phil was actually pretty adorable and innocent as a young boy. He probably wasn’t thinking about how teenage girls should get married yet, at that point.
Maybe as the strands on his chin continued to grow, so did his Ego…
Uh-oh. He probably wasn’t super happy to see this photo of him as a teen circulating the web. Why? Maybe because that’s not exactly the image he’s tried to create for himself.
You know, this kind of contradicts his whole “rough and tumble” vibe.
Willie admitted during one interview that the boys didn’t have it easy growing up. This picture was most likely taken back in those days. When he was struggling with not having electricity or water some days, he could only dream about the kind of money that he ended up making in his adult life.
They may have been living “rough and tumble,” but they were all still adorable!
Jase had a hard time grasping their new reality as multi-millionaires, after having grown up in some tough circumstances. He told reporters that his disbelief stemmed from the fact he grew up with his 3 siblings and 2 parents in a 2-bedroom house and often struggled.
When this picture was taken, they were already on their way to millionaire status. Of course, they all look very different without the signature Robertson beards.
Willie opened up during one interview recently and told reporters that his life and marriage weren’t without trials and tribulations. He admitted that dealing with stress could be a lot, while also raising a family and trying to expand their businesses. So, to get away from it all, they take family vacations to tropical areas where they can hang out together on the beach.
They’ve even got on their matching resort wear for this cute family vacation photo! The bare feet are the most important part of the uniform, of course!
Korie, Willie’s wife, has said that her husband doesn’t have any current plans to shave his own beard.
Apparently, they’re both completely content with him having a face full of hair. Hey, whatever floats your boat!
Before Phil was famous for inventing the Robertson duck caller, he was known in his hometown for playing on his school’s football team. Word is he was actually pretty good, but he decided to go in another direction.
Hey, considering the fact he’s a multi-millionaire now, he probably has zero regrets about not pursuing a career in sports! He sure looked different back in his school days…
Phil lived an entirely different life in his pre-hunting days. This image shows him during his time as a teacher at a high school in his area. He and his wife, Kay, both taught at the school for a few years together.
Phil Robertson, the teacher, seems like a completely different person than the duck-hunting wild man you see on the show.
Phil and Kay both grew up in Louisiana. It’s where they spent their own childhoods, where they met and where they had children of their own. They decided that it was also the perfect place to raise their family and nurture their empire, which is exactly what they did.
They put down roots and they grew their success beyond belief! They probably couldn’t have imagined exactly how far they would come.
Origins of the Beard
For the majority of his young life, Phil had a clean-cut face that was free of any facial hair. So, when exactly did he decide to start growing out his beard? When his sons hit their teenage years, Phil stopped shaving and just let it all grow.
Apparently, they liked the look, because as soon as they graduated from high school, they followed suit.
You would probably never be able to guess that the face in this picture is that of Willie Robertson. Yep, before Willie ran an uber-successful duck hunting business, he played basketball.
Lucky for him, he decided against pursuing it professionally and today he’s a multi-millionaire.
Willie’s wife, Korie, has seen her husband both with and without his signature beard. But their young daughter, Bella, has only seen her dad with a face full of fuzz.
Would she even be able to recognize him without it? The face in this yearbook picture is a far cry from what he looks like today!
Willie always had a feeling he wanted to take part in the family business, but he was sure after he got his degree from Harding University. He excelled at his job and became CEO of the company.
That certainly gives him something to smile about, which in turn brings out his dimples. Willie’s beard hides his own these days, but you can see them now in the cheeks of his children, Luke and Sadie.
Missy and Jase met when they were teenagers attending the same high school. They clicked and started dating almost immediately after meeting. You can see in the photo on the right how in love they were in those days.
And in the photo on the left, they still appear very much in love, there are just more family members in tow!
Willie met Korie all the way back when they were making arts and crafts at a summer camp in third grade. They didn’t exactly fall in love right away, but they did date later on in junior high. They stayed together throughout middle school and high school and even attended their senior prom together.
She was 18 and he was 19 when they went to the dance and hadn’t had any of their children yet. This picture was taken the night of the senior prom. Look how lovely they were in their matching attire. Nice dress, Korie!
Sadie’s Tumblr is full of family photos, but the majority of them these days are more recent. But she did post this throwback pic of her and her uncle Jep hanging out on the beach during a family vacation.
The Robertson clan loves their beach time, that’s for sure! Sadie’s Tumblr has a pretty impressive following.
Keeping Up Appearances
It should come as no surprise that John Luke, the son of Willie and Korie, wanted to grow out his beard, to follow in the footsteps of all of the men in the family.
After all, the beard is pretty much a rite of passage for the Robertson men. How could he not at least try it? He’s off to a nice start!
Growing a beard out isn’t the only thing on John Luke’s plate, recently. He also had a lot of planning to do before his recent marriage to Mary-Kate, his girlfriend of several years.
The young couple tied the knot in a lavish ceremony on the family farm, in front of 700 guests. The two recently announced that Mary-Kate is pregnant with a baby boy.
Jase and some of the other men from Duck Dynasty have a very particular style, in which they pretty much wear whatever they want. While fans probably praise him for it, the staff at Trump International Hotel in NYC did not take so kindly to it.
In fact, they actually threw him out because they thought he was a homeless person squatting somewhere in the building!
When Donald Trump was campaigning for his Presidency back in 2016, Willie wasn’t shy about voicing his support.
In fact, the Duck Dynasty star vocally endorsed him during a speech at the Republican National Convention, which Trump personally thanked him for.
Dinner with Obama
Before he jumped on the Trump Train, Willie and his wife attended the WH Correspondents’ dinner and met with a different president.
At the dinner in 2013, Obama expressed to the couple that he actually enjoyed watching Duck Dynasty.
It should come as no surprise that someone who gave several speeches in support of Donald Trump would associate with his son.
Not only did he vocally give his support to the campaign, but he also gave financial support in the form of a large donation. Willie and Korie have been known to spend time with Eric and Lara Trump.
Al Robertson’s clean-cut appearance may give the illusion that he’s more reserved and collected than some of his family members, but don’t let that face fool you. Al’s actually got quite a bit of history.
These days though, he’s definitely calmed down a bit, which probably has a lot to do with the fact he’s had a ton of kids.
In 2017, the Robertson clan rallied together to face one of their toughest battles yet. Glenn Durham, a cousin of Korie’s mother, had been fighting cancer for several years when the disease finally overcame him. Everyone was devastated by the loss, but they were all there to support each other through troubling times.
Prayers were a large part of the mourning process for the devout Christian family. Fans flooded social media to show their support for the grieving family.
Mr. Robertson’s Neighborhood
The Robertsons are a super tight-knight family, but they’re also an incredibly large family. This conundrum has led to what they fondly refer to as “Robertson Row.” Robertson Row is actually a cul-de-sac of a beautiful neighborhood in Louisiana. There are 8 homes surrounding the entirety of the loop, 4 of which are inhabited by the Robertson brothers and their families.
The other 4 homes are filled with either friends or extended family, hence the nickname for that end of the street. When something so devastating like losing a family member happens, they can come together easily to lean on one another for support.
Family members took to social media to express their pain and sadness when Glenn Durham’s battle with cancer came to a devastating conclusion. Glenn was a cousin of Chrys Howard (Korie’s mom,) and Korie happens to occupy a house on Robertson Row.
All of the family members on the street (so, the entire street pretty much) came together to support each other after it happened. Chrys and her husband, John, appear on the show as such kind-hearted people, so it’s no wonder that the other family members felt the need to try and lift their spirits up after their loss.
Honoring a Memory
After Glenn’s passing, fans flooded social media to show their support for the family. Many of the comments were religious in nature, as a lot of the fans of the show are Christians like the cast. “Grieve a period as all we must.... but those who pass in the LORD are not lost to us.... rather only separated for a time that we may anticipate and affirm all the more that sweet and eternal reunion,” wrote someone on one of the pages.
Chrys spoke on her own social media about how right before he passed away, she and Glenn were listening to a church sermon on his laptop. She captioned it that he “wanted to know more about God,” right up until he took his last breath. She went on to say that he spent his life preaching to others.