Gov. Bobby Jindal isn't the only Louisiana politician who likes to be seen with the Robertson family of the A&E "reality" show Duck Dynasty
(Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne
and U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister
both like to tout their Duck-
y bona fides), but Jindal is going a step farther than either of them: He's appearing on the Season 6 premiere of the show to present Willie Robertson with "a Commerce Award."
Jndal met with the Robertsons in February to present them with a new state laurel.
In a press release at the time, Jindal's office said, "The Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence will be periodically awarded by the Governor to homegrown Louisiana businesses that grow and provide more opportunity, more jobs, and more commerce for the State of Louisiana."
So what happened at the award presentation? A&E says "In preparation for the big occasion, John Luke volunteers to give the introduction speech but can't avoid Willie and Uncle Si's public speaking tips, unwanted as they may be. Meanwhile, Miss Kay enlists Korie and Sadie to pick out an outfit for the event and solicits Phil's reluctant opinion on her final look."
In 2012, Lauren LaBorde interviewed Willie Robertson for a Gambit
cover story about Louisiana reality TV; you can read that interview here
and the cover story here
Season 6 of Duck Dynasty
will air June 11 at 9 p.m. on A&E. Under the jump: A&E's press release about the Robertsons and the governor.
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14, 2014 - A&E Network kicks off the summer with its #1 original series, "Duck Dynasty," following the Robertson family as they approach business and life as only they can. Season 6 premieres Wednesday, June 11 at 10PM ET/PT.
Cable's #1 unscripted show continues with a new season of Robertson family antics. Phil is more tangled in the never-ending battle with the beavers on his land than the family's multi-million dollar duck call business. Meanwhile, boss Willie is trying to keep everything afloat while managing brother Jase's deadpan humor alongside Uncle Si's backwoods philosophies. And outside of the family business, Miss Kay decides she has time to take up coupon-cutting while the whole family gathers around to cheer on Reed as he graduates from high school.
In the season 6 premiere episode, Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal announces that he will be paying Duck Commander a visit to present Willie with a Commerce Award. In preparation for the big occasion, John Luke volunteers to give the introduction speech but can't avoid Willie and Uncle Si's public speaking tips, unwanted as they may be. Meanwhile, Miss Kay enlists Korie and Sadie to pick out an outfit for the event and solicits Phil's reluctant opinion on her final look.
In Live+7, season 5 of "Duck Dynasty" averaged 10.5 million total viewers.