Duck Dynasty is a reality show that follows a family from Louisiana as they manage their very successful company that makes duck calls intended for duck hunting. The show started in 2012 and ended in 2017 after 11 seasons.Phil Robertson who is the head of the Robertson family created a duck call company in the 1970s. He became extremely successful and has a classic rags to riches story. The duck call company did so well that it led to a reality show for the Robertson family.
The show became increasingly popular and the Robertson family earned millions for themselves through the show and through the merchandise that was created from the show. The Robertsons are millionaires which has led to many critics of the show dubbing them the new Beverly Hillbillies. Luckily for the Robertsons, the critics have not gotten in the way of their success.
The Robertson family are very well known for many things including their Christian values and maintaining their family centered lifestyle even though they have amassed a large amount of wealth. The family is very close and enjoys spending their time together duck hunting and just hanging out. The men in the family are also very well known for their bushy and prominent beards that they never shave. Ever.
One of the brothers on the show is Jase Robertson. Jase is known for his witty comments and of course, his giant beard. However, Jase recently chose to say goodbye to his beard after he made a pledge to his fans. The results of his makeover are surprising. Even Jase’s wife was stunned at her husband’s new look.
Although the series officially ended in March of 2017, the popularity of Duck Dynasty had not and the show is still very well-known. The duck-hunting family behind the show, the Robertsons have made quite the impressions on the show’s loyal viewers as we watched them through ups and downs over 11 seasons of the shit series. The show was so successful that it created $400 million in revenue from merchandise.
The creator of the duck calling business was the patriarch of the Robertson family, Phil. Phil was a football quarterback at Louisiana Tech and was even offered a spot on an NFL team. He chose to turn it down, however, due to the interference it would have created with duck hunting season. In 1973, he founded his duck call company and gained a lot of success which ultimately led to the television series.
Famous facial hair
One of the most notable aspects of the Robertson family is something that all the male family members have in common. All the men sport long noticable beards in keeping with their outdoor, Louisiana lifestyle. The facial hair is so famous that it has become a part of their brand. So much so that none of them would even think of shaving. So you could understand the surprise that fans got when one Robertson decided to shave it all off.
Many of the Robertson family members are heavily featured on the show. Phil and his wife lovingly referred to as Miss Kay (who married Phil at age 15) have four sons who all have their own families. Their sons, Alan Jase, Willie, and Jep are all involved in the family duck call business. Many of Phil’s grandkids have become involved and Sadie Robertson was even a contestant on Dancing With the Stars.
Many people may be familiar with Duck Dynasty as result of some controversial comments that the family patriarch Phil made in a magazine interview. The show was even temporarily suspended due to the comments. Many people have claimed that the controversy surrounding the family led to the declining ratings. The family decided to end the show after 11 seasons of television.
The second of the Phil’s (the patriarch of the Robertson family) sons is Jase Robertson. He also has the challenging role of being the COO of the family business. On the show he was known as the funny guy and offered some comic relief. He spends his days making duck calls which is the family business. But why would Jase want to remove his trademark look?
Shaving for charity
While all of the Robertson men have long and luscious beards, Jase has an especially impressive one. As a result, many fans and even his family members were surprised when he decided to cut it off. But Jase had a good reason from his decision. It was to raise money for charity and we hope he raised a lot of money because the difference in his look was jaw dropping.
But this fundraising campaign was for an issue very close to Jase’s heart. Jase was raising money for an organization that he had created by himself and his wife for their daughter. The charity is called the ‘Mia Moo Fund’ and was named for Jase’s daughter mia who is 14 years-old. The charity was founded in honor of Mia and raises money for a cause that she has had to deal with.
Mia was born with a cleft palate and lip. A cleft palate is a condition where a baby’s mouth or lip does not property form in utero. As a result the skull is not properly joined with the top of one’ mouth (palate). It is not a life threatening issue and can be fixed with surgery depending on how severe the case is. It can also lead to speech problems as a child develops.
Support from fans
Mia underwent surgery in order to correct her cleft lip in 2014. Jase and his wife Missy were understandably concerned while their daughter went through surgery but they were overwhelmed by the amount of support they received from fans through the difficult time. They created a charity in order to aid other children who were born with the condition and decided to name it after Mia.
What does Mia Moo do?
The charity does a number of things. First, it raises money for children whose families are not able to afford the surgery to correct their child’s cleft palate. Second, Mia Moo works to educate the public about cleft palates. Lastly, the charity invests money in research in order to find more efficient ways to correct the condition. In order to accomplish all of this, the needed to raise money which is why Jase chose to shave his beard.
Reaching their goal
Jase’s fundraising idea was not only good for the charity but also for his wife Missy. Missy had not seen her husband without his furry accessory for seven years and she wanted to see what he looked like clean shaven. Jase pledged that if the public could reach the one-hundred thousand dollar mark in donations, he would shave his beloved beard off. To his wife’s surprise, the goal was quickly achieved.
Another beardless brother
While most of the Robertson men sport beards, one of the Robertson brothers did appear clean shaven on the show. Al, who is the oldest brother, decided to go sans beard. Jase had trimmed a couple times before as he would shave in between seasons of the show and let it grow out just in time for filming. But it had been quite a while since he had gone completely beardless.
Two types of people
Shaving his beard was incredibly surprising to hardcore Duck Dynasty fans based on some comments Jase had previously made on the show. In one episode Jase said, “There are two kinds of people without beards, children and women, I am neither.” While we know that Jase was being light hearted in his comments, he might not be laughing after he gets his prized possession shaved off.
This was not the first time that the duck call creator had thought about shaving off his signature look. In 2013, Jase explained in an interview that when the show ended, he planned of shaving off the beard that the fans had grown so accustomed to. Back then, however, it was not for charity but rather because Jase wanted to be unrecognizable in public. Jase could not go anywhere without getting stopped for a picture but he thought if he shaved, no one would know who he was.
Bye bye beardie
Although Jase’s reason for shaving his beard was a noble one, it was not a simple decision and he had to think it over. Jase has grown accustomed to having a big beard and has explained that beards are very useful for duck hunters as they create better camouflage for when they go hunting. But after much thought, Jase knew it would be worth it to help children in need.
Downside of a beard
While beards are useful for duck hunting, they can also create some unwanted side effects. For example, Jase got an extra search when he was at the airport at the end of duck hunting season which means his beard was bigger than ever. Airport security gave him an extra search and a passenger even screamed when Jase bumped into the woman by accident. Not to mention all of the food that could get stuck.
Caveman or duck hunter
On that same trip where Jase was searched at the airport, a young fan stopped him, and asked for an autograph. Jase signed an autograph for the boy and started talking to him upon which Jase realized that the boy had never even heard of Duck Dynasty. He thought that Jase was the famous Geico caveman. After getting mistaken for a caveman, we would want to shave too.
While Jase was confused for a caveman from a commercial, he does not mind as he has done pretty well from his own show. Jase created multiple duck calls and he has contributed invaluable to his family’s business. Due to his innovations in duck calls and his hard work, Jase has amassed a net worth of around $10 million. While Jase could have just taken his money and retired, he decided to use his fame for a good cause.
What is Jase up to now?
Now that Duck Dynasty has ended, however, Jase has chosen to invest his time into spending time with his friends and family. Jase started his own website called ‘CamoFix’ where he lets all of the fans of the show know what is happening in his life. As well, Jase makes appearances at many Christian gatherings and events. Now that Jase no longer has to film, he can focus on the things that matter to him.
Jase announced that he would be shaving off his beloved beard in June 2017. Fans were surprised to hear the news and Jase and Missy made an appearance on the morning show at Fox in order to discuss the plans for the shave and the reason behind it. The big day was set for the 4th of September when Jase let the barber take over and get to work. Not even Missy could remember what Jase looked like without the beard.
Jase knew the shave would create a lot of fanfare and he decided that the whole thing would be streamed on Facebook live. While Jase was in the barber chair, Missy took control of the camera and documented the whole process. Jase’s friend was in charge of shaving his beard and even cut his hair in order to give him a whole new look. The reaction from Jase’s family was something to see.
Missy’s new man
Jase was almost unrecognizable with his new clean-cut look and the difference between him and his brothers was quite dramatic. Everyone was overjoyed at the outcome of the makeover especially his wife Missy. Missy thought her husband looked like a whole new man and was extremely happy with the transformation. She even made a comment on Twitter that she was starting to flirt more with Jase since his stunning transformation.
Waiting for it to grow
Although most fans think that Jase will eventually grow back his beard, they are enjoying his new clean shaven look. Until it grows back, Missy is enjoying Jase’s clean-cut look even though Jase might find it harder to camouflage while hunting. Not only did Jase give fans and his wife something to talk about, he also raised a lot of money for a great cause and made his daughter and his family very proud.