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Cast enjoys building their ‘Duck Dynasty’


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Korie Robertson has long said that the secret to getting the men in her family to tackle a task is simple: Camouflage the project as the guy’s idea.

And that’s precisely how she talked husband Willie into the A&E mega-hit, “Duck Dynasty,” still among TV’s higher-rated shows and until recently the most-watched cable program ever.

The couple, and cast members consisting of their uncle Si, and Willie’s older brother, Alan, will make an appearance Aug. 23 at the 7,000-seat Memorial Gym. Korie’s father-in-law, Phil Robertson, who made controversial comments in GQ magazine, is not a part of “A Night With Duck Dynasty” in Columbus.

Visitors will discuss the show, the business, their family and their Christian faith. About 1,000 seats are left for the local event, according to producer Blank Slate Productions.

“I was the reality television fan from the beginning,” Korie said recently in an email interview from a far-flung locale for this season’s final episode. “I started telling Willie, ‘Your family should do this. They’re not normal.’ I was talking about the men of the family, of course.

“I actually saw an episode of ‘American Choppers’ and thought that if people will watch a show about a family who makes motorcycles, they’ll watch a show about a family of duck hunters. I knew it would be funny and would surprise people because these men look all rough and tough, but they are actually great family men and big softies on the inside.”

Korie works alongside Willie, CEO of Duck Commander, the firm that makes duck calls that had gone worldwide even before the show’s debut in 2012.

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