As a result of being one of the stars of A&E’s hit reality series “Duck Dynasty” — running as a marathon tonight (Friday, Feb. 8) and returning with new episodes on Feb. 27 — Willie Robertson, the head of Louisiana-based duck-call manufacturer Duck Commander, got to attend Super Bowl XLVII, held Sunday, Feb. 3, in the Superdome in New Orleans.
Partway into the second half of the game, a power outage — now blamed on a device designed to prevent just that — plunged part of the stadium into darkness and halted the game for about half an hour.
Willie Robertson had chosen just that moment to be on a mission to get a drink.
“I was still recognized,” Robertson (at far right, above) tells Zap2it, “fans coming by like crazy, taking pictures and all that. I didn’t realize it had happened. I didn’t realize the game wasn’t going on. I had a guy behind me who was actually a pro golfer. He said, ‘Why did (Uncle) Si do?’ I said, ‘What?’ He said, ‘The lights are out.’
“I couldn’t really tell. I didn’t realize how long the game had been stopped, because I was back there. So, it was weird for me.”
BTW, “Uncle Si” Robertson (with the glasses above) is a fan favorite on “Duck Dynasty,” known for his eccentric ways an unique take on reality.
Korie Robertson, who was with her husband at the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the ultimately victorious Baltimore Ravens, says, “We had a lot of people blame in on Si. ‘What did Si do?'”
She also reveals that, despite many tweets joking about Hurricane Katrina-type chaos in the Superdome, the situation was actually well under control.
“It actually was not near as bad in person as apparently looked on TV,” she says. “It was all pretty well-lit in there. Everyone was calm; no one panicked. It was much ado about nothing, really.”
Since premiering just in March 2012, “Duck Dynasty” has become a runaway hit — the last new episode, an hour-long Christmas special in December, garnered 6.5 million viewers — making stars of the Robertson family and increasing sales for Duck Commander (and its deer-hunting brand, Buck Commander), headquartered in West Monroe, La.
The Robertsons have become famous for their wry humor, distinctive style (including abundant hair and beards for the men) and strong family connection, including prayers before sit-down meals.
While the TV press spends a lot of time talking about shows like HBO’s “Girls” and Showtime’s “Homeland,” viewers, especially families, are responding to “Duck Dynasty.”
“I think it’s our family,” says Korie Robertson. “You’ve got a lot of reality shows about family. You’ve got the Kardashians, ‘Honey Boo Boo’ and all that, but what’s different about ours is it’s a little more functional, I guess.
“People relate to it, even though we’re redneck or whatever — we’re not like everyone in the country, but you still relate. You still have a crazy uncle or a brother. You have sisters-in-law and mothers-in-law, that kind of thing.
“Somebody told me the other day that our show is like comfort food. You feel good when you watch it.”
For those in the media who haven’t yet caught up with the “Duck” craze, Willie Robertson says, “They should have walked a block with us in New Orleans to realize there’s a lot of people watching this show.”