It’s been a few days since the Phil Robertson, most known as the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty clan, learned that he had a daughter named Phyllis he had fathered during a past affair. Phil Robertson is married to matriarch Kay Robinson and their four children Willie Robertson, Jep Robertson, Jase Robertson and Alan Robertson are known to Duck Dynasty fans, as are some of the grandchildren. But how do they feel about welcoming a new adult into the family?
First of all, Phil Robertson himself reported the news and shared the story with his fanbase, noting as part of his “Unashamed” BlazeTV series that he had recently found out about his daughter, explaining,
It's a pretty cool explanation of redemption, reconciliation, love. As it turns out, 45 years, you have a daughter that you don't know about, and she has a father she doesn't know about. Forty-five years --that doesn't sound like very long, but you say, that's a while. So finally, after all those years, we come together.
A&E’s Duck Dynasty star Korie Robertson, who is married to Willie Robertson also shared her longer take on the newest family member in the past few days. Her daughter Sadie, a former competitor on Dancing with the Stars, noted “the bigger the better” on her own Instagram stories. Here’s her famous mom’s take.
Finally, Willie Robertson also seems to be welcoming of newcomer Phyllis, also sharing a full family photo.
His brother, Jase Robertson, shared a more personal and individualized moment with his newfound sibling, also noting “God is good.” In short,
During the “Unashamed” cast, the family revealed how Phil Robertson determined it was a 99.5% match, also sharing that the news broke over a phone call. Robertson also addressed the affair that led to the conception of his daughter, noting he feels he learned a “valuable lesson” and that audiences will be able to really meet his daughter soon. The brothers also talked having an immediate feeling of “well I love her,” also noting it probably would be a weird feeling to suddenly learn you are part of the Duck Dynasty clan, of all families.
The Duck Dynasty family has been famous for years now, springing to prominence when the A&E series of the same name hit that network in 2012. It ended up running for 11 seasons, through the 2016-2017 TV season, with about two cycles airing each year. Since then, several spinoffs have aired and in addition many members of the family are still active on social media and in pop culture.
So, you would have to imagine going from anonymity to becoming part of the Duck Dynasty family would be a bit of a shock, but at least it seems everyone is making the attempt to try and get along.