There are 11 seasons of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, which proves that it was a popular and entertaining reality TV show. The series introduced us to the Robertsons, a family from Louisiana who had strong religious faith and a multi-million dollar duck business. Many viewers consider them the new Beverly Hillbillies, but the family men are known for their wild, long beards! However, one particular star shaved his entire beard, and the change was so drastic that no one recognized him…
Jase, one of the Robertson brothers, rose in popularity due to his clever comments and perhaps his bushy beard. However, he recently made an announcement that he was saying goodbye to his giant beard. Nobody expected the outcome of the transformation. Even his wife was apparently shocked by it.
The Robertson Patriarch
The Robertson family’s patriarch is Phil Robertson, the founder of the successful duck calling company. When he was studying at Louisiana Tech, he was a pretty talented football quarterback and even got a spot on the roster of an NFL team. However, he declined the amazing opportunity since it interfered with duck hunting season! In 1973, he started his duck calling business, which has seen a lot of success. This was actually only the beginning.
Fame By Facial Hair
All of the men in the Robertson family have long but distinct beards. It is part of their outdoor southern lifestyle and has become their trademark. Their facial hair is a vital part of their duck-hunting brand and has become so popular that they didn’t think of shaving it off. Therefore, when Jase said he would shave it all off, a lot of fans were shocked.
The Robertson Family
The show features many members of the tight-knight clan, including Phil Robertson and his wife, Miss Kay, who got married at the young age of 15. The couple has four sons, Willie, Jep, Jase, and Alan, and each of them has his own family. However, all of them are involved in the family business of duck hunting in some way. A lot of the grandchildren are big parts of the TV show, as well, and Willie’s daughter even went on Dancing With the Stars before! The family may be close, but we can only imagine what they thought about Jase’s plan to shave off his beard.
Duck Dynasty Dilemma
If you have been following the show, you probably know of the Duck Dynasty controversy. For those who didn’t know, in a magazine interview, Phil said some offensive remarks, which got the series briefly suspended. Some people claim that this led to the show’s lower ratings and it was the reason the show ended after 11 lucrative seasons. Did Jase decide to shave off his beard because of this?
The Funny And Good-Looking One
Jase Robertson is Miss Kay and Phil Robertson’s second eldest child. He is currently the COO of their family business. If you have watched Duck Dynasty, you may remember him as the funniest and the best looking of the sons. We bet you are wondering what made him decide to get rid of his beard.
A Good Reason
All of the men of the Robertson family boast of long and bushy beards, but the one that Jase sported has something special about it. This is another reason a lot of viewers and relatives were shocked when he made the decision to let go of his facial hair. However, he had an amazing reason for doing it – one that was close to his heart. That was the good thing about his plan.
His Little Girl
Mia, Jase’s daughter, was born with a cleft palate and lip. The condition occurs when the baby’s top lip does not properly form while inside the uterus and the top part of the mouth does not correctly connect with the skull. Fortunately, this condition is not fatal and surgery can help. However, the child might have speech difficulties as they grow up.
Support From Fans
In 2014, Mia underwent surgery for her cleft lip and palate. Unsurprisingly, Jase and his wife felt some anxiety about their beloved daughter undergoing the procedure. At the same time, they felt amazed by all the support that the fans gave them. That is probably part of the reason why they decided to start a charity which would help children who have the same condition as Mia.
The Mia Moo Fund
Jase then committed to raise funds for the foundation which he and his wife, Missy, established in honor of Mia. The organization is adorably called the “Mia Moo Fund”. The couple did this for their little girl and to raise money for something which was personal to them.
Setting Their Goals
To meet their goals and succeed, they needed to raise a lot of funds for this charity. For this reason, Jase decided to shave his beard off. His fundraising pledge was surely going to benefit their foundation, and Missy, as well. After all, it has been seven years since she last saw her husband clean-shaven! Jase promised that if the donations they receive reach a hundred thousand dollars, he would shave off the beard, though he was still unsure whether they could reach their goal.
Beardless Robertson Brother
The majority of men in the Robertson family had facial hair, but one of the brothers actually did not follow this tradition. Al, the eldest, was clean-shaven throughout the show’s run. In the past, Jase also trimmed his beard a few times between filming to grow it out in time for the cameras. However, he was last beardless seven years ago.
People With No Beards
Duck Dynasty’s loyal fans were totally shocked to hear about Jase’s pledge to cut off his beard since he made statements in a previous episode that are contradictory. He said, “There are two kinds of people without beards, children and women, I am neither.” His comments were playful, but we doubt he would be laughing once everything has gone down.
Desire To Be Anonymous
The Duck Dynasty star had already thought of shaving off his famous beard in the past. In a 2013 interview, he talked about shaving off his facial hair when the show was over, but it was not for a charity – he wanted to become unrecognizable! Fans have always approached him and asked for photos, but he thought this would not happen if he loses the beard.
Time To Say Goodbye
Jase’s new motive for getting rid of his beard may have been noble, but it was still a decision which required plenty of thought since what he planned to do was quite drastic. It appeared he was getting cold feet, probably because it would be quite a big change for him. For duck hunters, long beards are actually practical features since blending in with the environment can get easier with beards. After giving it a lot of though, Jase concluded that shaving off his beard would help their advocacy and the charity.
Problems Came With It
In terms of duck hunting, beards are handy, but there are also some costs. Jase once got an extra search when he was at the airport due to the length of his beard. It was particularly long as the season was nearing its end. Security felt a mandatory search was necessary.
Mistaken For A Caveman
After the airport personnel conducted a thorough search, Jase was then approached by a young fan who asked for an autograph. After signing one, Jase started talking to the boy and then later realized that the young boy thought Jase was a Geico caveman! Following the funny encounter, perhaps Jase thinking about shaving his beard off was not so unreasonable.
Thanks To The Beard
Jase and his distinctive beard have been very useful to the family enterprise. His dedication as well as hard work have helped Jase accumulate an impressive $10 million net worth. Jase could retire whenever he wants, but he has decided to focus on a noble cause.
After The Show
Duck Dynasty has ended, so Jase thought it was time for him to be with family and friends. He created a website called “CamoFix”, a platform where fans can see what is happening in his life post-TV. In addition, he has made appearances at various Christian events and gatherings to express his support. Since he does not have to film for the series, he now has the opportunity to focus on things that he is passionate about.
Making The Announcement
In June of 2017, Jase told everybody that he was going to shave off his distinctive beard, which shocked a lot of his fans. On a morning show on Fox, Jase and Missy talked about the big shave and his motivations for doing something so bold. They have decided on a date – September 4, and Jase already told his barber about it. Apparently, Missy could not remember how her husband looked without the beard! It was an exciting event for all the fans of Duck Dynasty since they could finally see what Jase was like without his beard.
A New Look
Jase had expected the big shave to create quite a buzz among their supporters, so he did it on Facebook live. While he sat in the barber chair, Missy took over the camera, capturing every detail. His friend was tasked to shave off the beard and fix Jase’s hair to go with his new look. You will certainly love the reaction that he got from other members of the family.
Her New Husband
Without the beard, Jase looked very different, and with the clean-cut look, he looked quite different from his brothers. Everybody was happy with the outcome, but Missy was probably the most delighted about it. She said that although Jase looked like a totally different person, she still liked how her husband looked after the big shave. Actually, we can’t believe that it’s Jase because the change is dramatic!
Growing It Back
Many of his fans thought that Jase would later grow his beard again, but they still appreciated his new look. Hunting might be tougher for him now, but his wife’s reaction alone makes everything worth it. The most important thing is that he managed to raise a lot of money for charity, which made the family proud. His efforts were not wasted.
Once upon a time, a clean-cut look was what the Robertson boys sported. We know it’s shocking, but the facial hair was not always there. Are you ready to see the boys without the beard? Keep reading!
The Boys Before
Look at this picture. You can definitely see how much the stars of Duck Dynasty have evolved throughout the years. Jep, Jase, and Willie in this photo surely have some mischief in their eyes.
Sergeant Si Sans Beard
The beardless look was something Si Robertson used to sport as well. Without his beard, we could barely recognize him! Doesn’t he look like a dashing Sergeant? Which do you prefer – Si with the beard or without it?
Marriage Through The Years
Jase certainly looked very different when he and Missy just got married. We bet Missy is thrilled that she could see his face again in all its glory. He looked very much like the young man he was before!
Who knew that this family would later become stars of their very own hit reality TV show called Duck Dynasty? Our minds are blown after seeing this. Well, time surely changes everyone.
Young And Smitten
Another throwback photo of Jase and Missy when they were younger. Don’t you think they look like the epitome of America’s sweethearts here? We adore the lovebirds and the photo.
It’s clear that the happy couple are enjoying the Hawaiian vibes! Seeing this old holiday photo certainly thrilled us. This is a wonderful shot of them, though the baby-faced couple look very different now.
Phil Of The Past
When he was younger, Phil looked like an innocent angel, don’t you agree? We wonder if he ever thought he would rock such a legendary beard back in his teenage years.
Well, this one is just glorious. However, Stan would have probably preferred that this never saw the light of day. He looked like someone who just came out of an Eminem music video.
Mischievous Little Kids
In an interview, Willie mentioned they grew up “rough and tough…it created us to be independent and real confident.” Who would have thought that these four little kids would one day run a multi-million dollar company? When this photo was taken, they were all too busy thinking about having fun and goofing around.
Back In The Day
Did you know that Jase once thought the show would not succeed? He said, “We grew up real poor. There were four boys and my parents in a two-bedroom house. So I cannot believe this.” These lads must have been enjoying their clean-shaven youth as well as the family success.
In one interview, Willie got a chance to talk about his marriage and family. He said, “Our marriage has been tested: tons of kids, growing businesses and working with family on both sides. And it’s withstood all that. You either melt and crash or you become strong. We’re strong.” This was taken when the entire family had a lovely vacation at the beach. Look at Willie’s hair!
According to Willie, he doesn’t have any plan of shaving his glorious beard. His wife, Korie, does not appear to mind that her husband is totally committed to keeping the beard.
Making A Killing
We all know the Robertson clan’s patriarch, Phil, as the owner of a successful duck hunting business, but did you know he was quite successful on the field as well? Just look at the size of this young athlete’s arm. With his current net worth and success, we are sure he does not have regrets about not turning pro.
Before venturing into duck hunting, Phil had another job that many people might find hard to believe. He and Kay were teachers at a high school! However, he did not rock a beard when he was still teaching.
During their early years of marriage, Phil and Kay made a decision to stay in Louisiana, their home state. They remained home, creating an empire for their children and their eventual grandchildren. We wonder if they had any idea that they would eventually hit it big.
The Beginning Of The Beard
When his sons were teenagers, Phil started growing out his beard. Since then, he hasn’t shaved it. After his sons graduated from high school, they joined him and started growing out their beards.
High School Kid
Willie was an all-star basketball player in high school. He went on to become the CEO of his family’s duck hunting business. Don’t you think he has a great smile? Do you think it helped him achieve success and amass wealth of over $25 million?
A Winning Yearbook Smile
Willie’s wife Korie mentioned that their youngest child, Bella, has not seen her dad without the iconic beard. Bella has probably not looked in her dad’s old yearbooks. If she does, she can actually get a glimpse of Willie back in the day – beardless.
Passing It On
Willie became the CEO of their family business only when the children were all a bit older. The beard covers the dimples, but they are actually quite prominent. It is not surprising that both Sadie and John Luke inherited the dimples.
Family Photo Fun
Jase and Missy were high school sweethearts. In the second picture, you can see the two posing for the camera. On the other hand, the first picture shows a bearded Jase with Missy and the children: Reed, Mia, and Cole.
Willie first met Korie when they were in third grade at a summer camp. They were just teenagers when they made the decision to tie the knot. Korie explained, “We were together probably three months before we started talking about it, and then we got married within a year — I was 18 and he was 19. No one was pregnant!” They both look so happy and cute in their prom photo.
Unwinding With Uncle
Sadie Robertson posted this lovely photo on her Tumblr. You can see that she is with her uncle Jep here. The photo instantly went viral! The Robertson family actually has a large fan base, and Sadie is especially popular.
Doing It Right
John Luke, Willie and Korie’s son, also decided to follow the family tradition and grew out a beard. He looks very much like his father in this picture!
Tying The Knot
John Luke recently tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Mary Kate. 700 guests attended the ceremony, which was held on the family farm. John Luke and Mary Kate both attended Liberty University. They hope to start a family soon.
The Duck Dynasty stars have fans, but the family’s sense of style isn’t always a hit. The NYC Trump International Hotel kicked out Jase once because an employee thought he was a homeless man.
Supporting The POTUS
During the presidential race in 2016, Willie was an avid and vocal supporter of then Republican candidate Donald Trump. We are sure Willie was really glad about the results of the election!
Meeting Barack Obama
In 2013, Willie and Korie Robertson were invited to and attended the White House Correspondents’ dinner. The couple even met then President Barack Obama himself. He told the two he was a fan of Duck Dynasty. Cool!
Willie and Korie are friends with both Eric and Lara Trump, so they made a considerable donation to the Trump campaign in 2016. We wonder if there is a chance Eric Trump will also grow out a beard like his famous friend.
Al The Wild Child
People might think that the beardless Robertson brother, Al, is pretty conservative. However, his past was actually pretty wild. Perhaps things would have been very different if he sported a beard.
It has not been long since the Robertson family sadly lost a member due to cancer. Those who kept up with Duck Dynasty surely saw how close the whole family is. They always supported each other even during difficult times. We were definitely moved by how they mourned and honored their deceased family members.
Welcome To Robertson Row
Many members of the Robertson family live near each other. The area is now known as “Robertson Row,” which is actually a cul-de-sac with eight houses. The four Robertson brothers live in the four houses, while close family friends and extended family members reside in the other four houses. You can imagine how hard it must have been to see one of their own lose the battle to cancer.
A Sad Day
One of the houses on “Robertson Row” was the home of Korie’s parents, John and Chrys Howard. Korie’s parents are an important part of the family, so they have also appeared on Duck Dynasty quite a few times. The show’s followers know the Howards as loving and supportive grandparents and parents. When a cousin of the Howards died of cancer, the entire Robertson clan mourned with them as well as expressed their support.
Willie and Korie were just kids when they first met at a summer camp. The Robertsons’ long-time friend Chrys worked as Camp Ch-To-Ca’s director. After her family member’s death, she posted a photo on Instagram to honor her cousin. She captioned it with: “This past week one of my cousins, Glenn Durham, lost his battle with cancer and gained his heavenly reward.” Hopefully, the Robertson family has managed to move forward following such a terrible loss.