NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Si Robertson attends an Evening By Sherri Hill fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at Trump Tower on September 9, 2013 in New York City. Credit: Getty Images
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"It’s more about glorifying God, and our family will give him the credit for everything we’ve done."
Willie and Korie Robertson, who sat down for an in-depth interview with TheBlaze this week to discuss faith, fame and their new "Duck Commander" musical, revealed a detail about their A&E show "Duck Dynasty" that you might not know: Uncle Si, a fan favorite, wasn't originally slated to appear on the popular reality TV program.
"When the list came out of who was going to be on the show, there was no Uncle Si," Willie said. "And I called them, and I said, ‘Guys, y’all need to look again at my uncle. He’s just insane.’ So they came down and said, ‘Well we may use him from time to time,’ and then they met him."
Obviously, producers ended up liking what they saw, as Uncle Si regularly appears on the show, entertaining audiences with his comical antics, quirky comments and signature iced tea. Thus, the original plan for the show to focus solely on the Robertson family's couples changed somewhat once Uncle Si was brought into the plan.
"Originally, it was the couples running this business together, so it was Jep and Jessica, Jase and Missy, Korie and I, and Phil and Kay… and then Si, you know, his wife wasn’t going to be on television. She didn’t care to be on television," Willie said. "So they thought, ‘Well he’s not a couple, and then once they saw him, they said, “Oh, this dynamic is awesome.’ And it is."
He continued, "What he does at ‘work,’ when he says that he’s working — all that’s true."
Watch our interview with Willie and Korie Robertson below:
The couple also talked about their Christian faith and how they stay humble amid monumental fame, describing some of the positives they've experienced as they process and experience fame as a collective family.
As for the Robertson's latest project, the "Duck Commander" musical, which opened this week at the Crown Theatre in the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, they said that the show is emotional and surreal to watch, especially considering that it features actors who portray personal moments in their lives.
"It's just looking at all these forks in the roads that we came to … and we took the right ones to end up where we are today," Willie said, noting that different choices could have taken the Robertsons in an entirely different direction. "For us, [the musical] was just another way to continue to tell our story to try to help people … it’s more about glorifying God, and our family will give him the credit for everything we’ve done."
Korie, who said she's working on a book about parenthood and values, addressed John Luke, 19, and 17-year-old Sadie — two of the couple's children — noting that, despite all concerns over the young generation, she has seen some positivity among youths.
"I really have seen kind of a swelling of that generation wanting to do something good, wanting to make a positive change in the world," she said. "And, you know, I’ve seen the people that they’re connecting with and the things that they’re doing, and I think there is a shift in that, and that’s a lot of what I’m talking about in my book called ‘Strong and Kind’ — just instilling those values in your children."
Sadie has received positive media attention in recent months for standing by her values and serving as a positive role model throughout her participation in season 19 of "Dancing With the Stars."
That in mind, Korie discussed some of the ideals that the couple has worked to instill in their children.
"If you put those values to where they’re going to be kind, they’re going to be strong, they’re going to be respectful and compassionate, and all of those values that are important, then, whenever they get to be adults, they’re going to be good people… I think that’s the key," she said."And kids do what they see their parents do, and they value what they see their parents value."
This Feb. 24, 2013 file photo shows Willie Robertson, left, and Korie Robertson, of the reality TV show, "Duck Dynasty" (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)
She continued, "And a lot of times as parents, we say we value one thing, but we’re not living like that’s what we really value … If we raise kids to have those values, then I think the world will be a kinder, better place."
Willie also shared some details about his father, Phil, who has come under fire over the past year and a half for candid comments he has made about homosexuality, the Bible and sin. Noting that his father comes from "a different time," he explained why the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch is so intent on speaking openly about his stance on the Bible and sin.
"Phil is, you know, not our spokesman, for sure. I’m not our spokesman. We’re a big old family… we are all individuals," he said. We all have the same core faith beliefs, and, you know, dad comes from a different time … he’s rough around the edges. ... You know, he really wants to warn people about sin and try to tell them because he knows how bad of a guy that he was."
Find out more about the "Duck Commander" musical here.
TheBlaze's Marissa Abbott contributed to this report.
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