The cast of A&E’s ‘Duck Dynasty‘ is about to get a little more religious, but a significantly less bearded.
Fans of the show may be in for a shock when they see Alan Robertson, the oldest son of Phil and Kay. The new member of the duck call company is completely beardless.
The 47-year-old had previously avoided being part of the show to preach full time at the White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, La. He will join the cast for its fourth season, which is set to begin in August.
“The beards are so iconic,” he told The New York Post.”All this time I’ve been flying under the radar; I can go to Starbucks and get Mama coffee.”
“That is about to change,” father Phil responded.
And Phil has a point — things are certainly going to change for Alan and his family as they join a show that had 9.6 million viewers for its season three finale in April. The large audience, however, plays into the reasoning that Alan gave for leaving his church ministry and joining the show.
“What I do for our church — you see, it’s a pretty good-sized church — impacts a lot of people, but because of my association with the show, I’ll get to minister to a lot more people,” Alan told The Post. “Any person that’s an evangelist, that’s what you want to do, so I had to give this up for something possibly bigger.”
Alan’s role on the reality show will be to manage publicity for family business, Duck Commander, as the “Beards and Beauty Wrangler.” Alan two daughters, Anna and Alex, will also play a part in the show, working in and around the business.
Despite his cheerful remarks, however, Alan expressed concerned for the increased spotlight that he expects his family has been and will continue to receive as the show continues.
“My children are grown, but all of my brothers’ children are teenagers now, so how is this crazy world going to impact them?” Alan told The Post. “We think about John Luke and Sadie, who are such a big part of the show, and they’re teenagers, you know? They need to be just normal teenagers. We pray about that.”