Another brotheris joining the family business!
Duck Dynasty will welcome the addition of a new cast member when the hit A&E series returns for its fourth season: Alan Robertson, Phil Robertson's eldest son! The 47-year-old Louisiana-based pastor will be quitting his day job to join the family business, duck call manufacturing, as their public relations manager a.k.a. the Beards and Beauty Wrangler, the New York Post reports.
Also notable? Alan doesn't have a beard! Gasp! "The beards are so iconic," Alan tells the Post, though he reveals he lets his facial hair grow during hunting season. But why did Alan, who has never appeared on the series, decide to join the family business now?
Alan tells the newspaper that he is joining the show to help spread the word of God. ""What I do for our church—you see, it's a pretty good-sized church—impacts a lot of people, but because of my association with the show, I'll get to minister to a lot more people," he explains. "Any person that's an evangelist, that's what you want to do, so I had to give this up for something possibly bigger."
In addition to his father Phil, who founded the family company, Alan joins his mother Kay and trouble-making Uncle Si, as well as his three brothers, who have been on the series for all three seasons: Willie, 41, the CEO; Jase, 43, who is in charge of the manufacturing aspect of the business, and Jep, 35, the quiet one who films and edits DVDs of the family hunting. All three of the brothers' wives are also featured on the series. In addition to his reserved wife Lisa, Alan suspects his two daughters will be featured on the show at some point.
Duck Dynasty has become a breakout hit for A&E: The season three finale brought in 9.6 million viewers, a new record for the network. The episode was also the network's most-watched telecast among all key demos, bringing in 5.6 million adults 25-54, 5.5 million adults 18-49 and 2.6 million adults 18-34. In fact, the finale was watched by so many people that the episode actually topped American Idol in the adults 18-49 rating.
Alan acknowledges that his life will change forever after he makes his debut on the series. "All this time I've been flying under the radar; I can go to Starbucks and get Mama coffee," he says. "That is about to change."
Duck Dynasty returns for its fourth season on Aug. 14 on A&E.