Not everything seen on A&E’s popular reality-television show “Duck Dynasty” is real, series star Phil Robertson acknowledged in a recent interview. He noted that fake beeps were inserted into the show even when no cursing was happening.
In a Sports Spectrum interview conducted earlier this year that recently went viral online, Robertson said these fake insertions have led to clashes with producers. “They inserted fake beeps like somebody had used profanity, but no one had used profanity,” Robertson said. “So I asked those guys who produce the show, I said, ‘Lemme ask you something: What’s the point of the fake bleeps?’”
Robertson said the camera crew blamed editors based in Los Angeles for the insertions. “They’re the ones arranging the scenes,” Robertson said. “Well, they’re the ones that said, ‘You know, I think it’d be cool here to maybe make it look like they’re cursing.’”
But there was no cursing going on, Robertson said, adding that producers had staffers quit doing that after he confronted them about it.
Besides putting in fake beeps, staffers also took out the name of Jesus when the family prayed, Robertson said. “The other thing was, when we prayed, we said, ‘In Jesus’ name, Amen,’” he revealed. “And they would just have me say, ‘Thank you Lord for the food. Thank you for loving us. Amen.’ So I said, ‘Why would you cut out ‘In Jesus’ name’?”
Reportedly, the producers did not want to offend people of other religious beliefs by retaining the name Jesus. “They said, ‘Well, those editors are probably doing that,’” Robertson said. “And they just think that, you know, they don’t want to maybe offend some of the Muslims or something.”
Keerthi Mohan is an IBTimes reporter covering entertainment and human interest stories.