A&E’s hit reality show, Duck Dynasty, has become famous for its focus on its stars’ Christian religion. But the stars are now saying that early in production, the producers not only inserted fake bleeps as if they were uttering curse words, but also cut “Jesus” out of the family’s prayers.
In an interview with Phil and Willie Robertson at their Louisiana home conducted by Sports Spectrum TV earlier in the year, the clan’s leader noted that when they first began production of the show the producers back in Hollywood truly didn’t understand the family.
Phil Robertson said that producers initially inserted “bleeps” as if they were cursing during filming.
“The inserted fake bleeps … like somebody had used profanity, but no one had used profanity.” Robertson said he asked producers why they did it. “What’s the point of the fake bleeps,” he said.
“Of course these people probably thought that there was some profanity going on which there was zero,” Robertson insisted. “If we’re not using profanity, why make it look like we’re using profanity? What is the point? Why don’t you just run it and say what we say?”
This “fake bleeping” quickly ended, but Robertson also noted that producers cut out the times family members said “in Jesus’ name, amen” when they prayed.
“So they would just have me saying, ‘Thank you Lord for the food, thank you for loving us. Amen.’ So I said, ‘Why would you cut out ‘In Jesus’ name?’ They said, ‘Well those editors are probably doing that. They just think that they don’t want to offend some of the Muslims or something.'”
Now that A&E has come to understand how the family acts and how serious they are about their religious convictions, though, the fake bleeping and cutting of Jesus’ name has ended.
Robertson explained that these early actions taken by the show’s producers was a result of their lack of a moral compass.
“So I notice now they are… leaving it in there… I mean you have people with no moral compass, it ain’t there,” he said in the interview.
Robertson likened his struggle with the producers to “spiritual warfare.”