Duck Dynasty Stars: Faith, Family Keys to Success

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A&E's "Duck Dynasty," a show about a family, their faith and duck calls is cable television's top-rated reality show.

This season's finale made headlines when it even beat out ABC's "American Idol" with young viewers.

The shenanigans of the show's bearded stars and their pretty wives as they run the family duck call business sends viewers flocking to their televisions. Willie Robertson and his wife, Korie, were CBN News's guests at this year's White House Correspondents' dinner.

"It was so fast we didn't really get to pay attention to what was happening and how big it was," Willie told CBN News. "And I think you kind of get there, and you're like holy cow!"

Each episode of Duck Dynasty ends with the family praying and breaking bread together.

"I think that's the most important thing about the show," Korie said. "…because at the end of the day it is all about sitting down and thanking God for your blessings, and if we can't do that, then what do we have really?"

"Hopefully it's a message to Hollywood that America wants more of that because of the reception that we've gotten, I mean, we hear it all over the place that they love that part of the show," Korie added.

Willie and Korie explain why their family dinners on “Duck Dynasty” are so important.

The Robertson family almost took a different path when father Phil struggled with alcohol and caring for his young family.

"He wasn't just away from the Lord," Willie recalled. "He was horribly away and so he did a bunch of horrible things that were just terrible and you know, for my mom to stick with him through all that was incredible."

At one point during a drinking binge, Phil told his wife, Kay, to take their children and leave. She did, but eventually Phil came back.

"And he really just went 100 percent for the Lord and started reading his Bible every day and wanted to teach and wanted to preach and really wanted to turn that around and so it was very impactful for us as kids to see that type of change," Willie continued.

"And you know, that faith ended up…the best thing about our show. I think [it] was the faith that he brought…and instilled that in us, and we instilled that in our families, and I think that's how it's supposed to work," Willie said.

Now it's hard for any of the Robertson family to go anywhere without being recognized.

They say their godly values help keep them grounded and their recipe for success is faith, family and ducks. And people can't seem to get enough of it.

"I was telling dad that in an airport," Willie recalled. "I said, 'Well, whenever we get done with this, we can always just shave our beards and cut our hair and we'll be able to walk through and nobody will know who we are, and we'll be able to walk through' so we have that out."

Willie and Korie tell the back story behind their tattoos.

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Jennifer Wishon

Jennifer Wishon

CBN News White House Correspondent

Jennifer Wishon is the White House correspondent for CBN News based in the network’s Washington, D.C. Bureau.  Before taking over the White House beat, Jennifer covered Capitol Hill and other national news, from the economy to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @JenniferWishon and "like" her at