The Robertsons of "Duck Dynasty" have a lot of traditions: hunting, wearing camouflage, eating Miss Kay's home cooking, and drinking sweet tea. And for the men of the family, growing long, bushy beards.
Well, except for one man — new cast member and eldest son Alan Robertson. The former minister left his church to join the hit reality series in Season 4, but don't expect him to follow that last tradition. Ain't ever going to happen!
"I don't want to get stuck with that look, I mean, are you kidding me?" the clean-shaven Alan said in an interview on "The 700 Club."
Wife Lisa concurs with his feelings. "You know, when there's things crawling out of your beard or whenever you've got food left from lunch or dinner, I don't know, that just kind of grosses me out," she agreed.
A "Duck Dynasty" guy without a beard? Strange, but guess we'll have to get used to it!
The 47-year-old also opened up about his past, before he was a deeply faithful pastor. In fact, he was quite the wild child in his teen days.
"My high school years were just terrible and it was all a secret life — running around and drinking and cutting up," he admitted.
After graduating from high school, things spiraled even more out of control when Alan moved to New Orleans. But after a year, he realized he needed to shape up — and returned home to the loving embrace of parents Phil and Kay Robertson. He recommitted to his faith and Phil baptized him in the river behind their house.
Alan and Lisa stayed out of the "Duck Dynasty" spotlight before because of his ministry, but now they hope to bring their faith and values to the show's millions of viewers.
"I really feel like God had prepared us for such a moment as this and when America needs some family to say, 'Hey, we can make mistakes, you know. We can come from nothing. We can have all these things now,'" he said. "Ultimately none of it matters except that we're saved and we're gonna be in heaven forever with Christ."
"Duck Dynasty" airs Wednesdays at 10 PM on A&E.
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