'Duck Dynasty's' Willie Robertson on Obama, guns and running for office
News stories have been circulating that Willie Robertson, star of the A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty" -- and CEO of the family's duck-call empire -- is being courted to run for the Louisiana congressional seat currently held by GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander, who's retiring in September to take a job in the cabinet of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, but during an appearance on "Live with Kelly & Michael," Robertson evaded questions about the legitimacy of the reports.
Robertson appeared Tuesday (Aug. 13) on the Fox News Channel roundtable show "The Five" to discuss the political speculation. The video is below, but here are excerpts provided by FNC of the conversation Robertson -- a regular viewer of the show -- had while sitting in-studio with "Five" co-hosts Greg Gutfeld, Eric Bolling, Andrea Tantaros, Dana Perino and Bob Beckel (an admitted "Duck Dynasty" fan).
On whether he will run for Congress:
"Yeah, I heard today that I was doing that. It was very interesting ... yeah, news to me. I'm kind of busy right now. I got a lot going on."
On whether he supports a Republican presidential candidate for 2016:
"We'll see who comes out. I'm curious to know about Jindal. That's my guy, Louisiana."
On his hometown's reaction to the success of Duck Dynasty:
"They're excited. We bring a lot of people in. Visitors come in from all over the world. Thousands flock in. I didn't know they were going to do that when we started. I wasn't prepared for fans coming up to the office, and they're in our lobby, and they went from the lobby. I built a store, and now they've overrun the store. So the store's expanding, and they wait in the parking lot, and we drive through. The hardest part is getting in the building."
On whether he expected the show to be a success:
"Not that big, we didn't start out to be mediocre. We thought we had something good and we thought the show would be good. To the level it went, now to be the number one reality show and the most watched show in the history of A&E; that was surprising."
On why he thinks the show is a success:
"I think it's a combination of the family values -- it was a throwback show, I think the faith is an important part of that, just the prayer at the end, something simple to us but that really struck a note and it's funny. It's hard to be funny. It's hard to be funny all the time so, yeah, the comedy brought in all of these people, so all of a sudden you got a show that kids can sit and watch and grandparents. You have all these generations, so you have my children, us and my parents and Uncle Si, so you really cover the whole, you know, gamut of people."
On whether producers script the show:
"No, that's really our family. I mean they don't really, when it was laid out from the start, we had talked about having a prayer at the end to bring us back together. That was a symbol for us to say no matter what happens on the show we're going to come at the end of this thing, so you don't have to panic and think we are going to hate each other. In reality TV, let's face it, that's the whole thing."
On whether he feels people are divided or together across the country:
"I see people more together -- I see them liking "Duck Dynasty," so that brings the country together, it really does because this show, it's funny; it breaks through all the demographics; it breaks through a lot of stuff. People see things, even if they are not like how we are as a family, they can strive to be like that and say, "I wish we could sit down more just at a table and have dinner together." I don't see it as much in my travels as I do on the news."
On removing hair from his shower drain:
"It needs daily outtake."
On whether he is OK with background check for gun owners:
"Yeah, I'm okay with a background check. I have a lot of weapons, and every time, I have to go fill out the paperwork to get the weapons."
On whether he was offended by President Obama's comments (recorded during the 2008 election) noting that people cling to their God, religion and guns:
"I was offended by that."
On how the business became so successful:
"Well, Dad started this business 40 years ago and I think the key for him was he was content -- kept those expectations down, didn't want too much too soon, and he was happy. You know, like he says, 'Happy, happy, happy' with what he was doing. So it wasn't about money or any of that. He was happy with what he was doing, he was able to hum all the time, and by the time I came in, I brought a lot of energy and I say, 'Hey, let's see if we can take it to the next level.' We think the Lord blessed us, and here we are."
On whether he
worries about his children being on the show:
"Of the things I worry about, that's probably number one because they didn't necessarily sign up for this, and so if I ever get sick of this or that, I can always blame myself because this is what you signed up for. For them, they kind of came along, and so I do worry about that, but I just talk to them and let them know, and I say, 'You don't have to be on the show. You don't have to be a part of this.' They're great kids though. I know they're raised right. Korie and I raised them right, and they love the Lord, and you know they're doing fantastic."