'Duck Dynasty' star Jase Robertson says entire family walked out of GQ interview except for Phil
"Duck Dynasty" castmember Jase Robertson spoke out last week about the family's infamous interview with GQ Magazine.
Robertson revealed that he and other family members had walked out of the December interview and urged his father, Phil, to do the same. The remarks Phil went on to make in that interview continue to follow the family to this day.
Jase said that the interviewer from GQ, Drew Magary, was combative and disrespectful of the family's religious beliefs.
"He was using four-letter words, a lot of F-bombs, he was making fun of some of the things we hold true," Robertson told CNS News.
"The first statement of the whole process was, he looked at me and said, 'Do you actually expect people to believe that you waited until you got married before you had sex?' That was the first statement out of his mouth.
"Well, I kind of looked around at the publicist and I thought, 'Is this the interview?' I mean, because this was just the way it came across."
Robertson said that the line of questioning was meant to rile the family members and elicit controversial responses.
"As it [the GQ interview] went on, I realized that it felt more like an attack because our family has a prayer at the end of the show. That's what I felt like was a spiritual war."
The entire family walked out of the interview, except for Phil.
The 68-year-old patriarch told GQ that homosexuality is a sin, claimed that blacks were happier before the Civil Rights Movement, and compared Shintoists and Muslims to Nazis. Robertson was briefly suspended from the hit A&E show after a public outcry over the remarks, but was reinstated after fans rallied behind the family.
Despite the negative effects of the interview, Jase said the family is not upset with Magary.
"We don't hold anything against him," he told CNS News. "Or even by trying that. My dad thought he wanted to take a stand in his house, and I don't blame him."