This is a rush transcript from "The Five," August 13, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: So, it's a special day here on "The Five," and not just because Bob has a legitimate date tonight. We rarely have guests, but couldn't pass up a chance to talk to the starve one of the hottest shows on TV. Almost 10 million watched the third season finale of "Duck Dynasty." And season four kicks off tomorrow.
We are so happy to have Willie Robertson here for his first cable interview.
That means a lot to us on "The Five."
WILLIE ROBERTSON, "DUCK DYNASTY": Hey, I'm excited to be here.
PERINO: Thank you. So you watch the show, this show?
ROBERTSON: Watch it all the time.
PERINO: We watch your show.
Bob, you watch --
BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: I don't watch television. I watch "Duck Dynasty" because I couldn't figure out whether it was real or not, I finally decided it was, I thought hell, that would be a good family to move in with, then they got too much purity.
BECKEL: Hey, did you -- let me ask you a question about this. Do your people in that town of yours, is there any jealousy towards your family because you guys have all of this success, you make all this dough?
ROBERTSON: Couple people maybe. Not a lot.
BECKEL: Do you shoot them?
ROBERTSON: We try to refrain from that. They're excited. We bring a lot of people in, visitors come in from all over the world, thousands flock in.
I didn't know they were going to do that when we started. I wasn't prepared for fans coming up to the office.
We went, they were in our lobby. They went from the lobby, I built a store, a little smart. Now they overrun the store, the store is expanding, they wait in the parking lot, and they drive through.
Hardest part is getting in the building.
GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: What do you think makes you so successful? You're surprised, obviously you weren't prepared for it.
ROBERTSON: Not that big. I mean, I would say this, we didn't start out to be mediocre. We thought we had something good. We thought the show would be good. To the level it went to be the number one reality show and most watched show in the history of A&E.
GUTFELD: Why do you think that happened?
ROBERTSON: I think it's combination of the family values. It was a throwback show. I think the prayer at the end, something simple to us, but that really struck a nerve, and it's funny.
And it's hard to be funny. It's hard to be funny all the time. Yes, the comedy brought in all these people. Then all of a sudden, you have a show kids can watch and grandparents, and you have all of the generations.
So, you have my children, us, then my parents and Uncle Si. You cover the gamut of people.
ANDREA TANTAROS, CO-HOST: Willie, how much do producers play a role in the show? Have they ever told you, tried to edit something out about your family because you are very spiritual and you believe in family faith. Have they ever tried to edit that or is that really your family?
ROBERTSON: No, that's really our family. I mean, they don't really -- when it was laid out from the start, we talked about having a prayer at the end to bring us back together. That was a symbol for us to say, no matter what happens on the show, we're coming he end of this thing, you don't have to panic, think we hate each other.
Reality TV, let's face it, that's the whole thing.
GUTFELD: We do that after "The Five."
TANTAROS: Willie, I think there are some days we could use it.
BOLLING: We have a lot of similarities. I realize it. We're kind of like a family. They have a crazy Uncle Si. We have a crazy Uncle Bob.
PERINO: I have a question because you travel all over the country now. And I had a chance -- I saw you in Nashville on stage. I didn't get close enough.
ROBERTSON: Why didn't you say hello?
GUTFELD: She was drunk.
PERINO: I was embarrassed.
PERINO: I was waiting to see Dirks Bentley. No, I'm kidding. When you go around the country, do you see division in America or do you see people are actually getting along more than we make out here on "The Five."
ROBERTSON: Good question. I see people more together. I see them liking "Duck Dynasty," so that brings the country together. It really does, because this show is funny. It breaks through all the demographics, it breaks through a lot of stuff, people see things, even if they're not like how we are as a family, they can strive to be like that, wish we could sit down more, just at the table and have dinner together. I don't sit as much in my tribe as much I do on the news.
GUTFELD: I imagine your bathroom, your shower drains are a nightmare.
ROBERTSON: Yes, daily.
BECKEL: I know everybody wants to be real nice to you here and I'm being real nice to you because I liked you right away, but let me ask you a question. I heard you were up for being on the board of National Rifle Association. I have to bring politics into this. Are you for background checks for people buying guns?
BECKEL: Good for you.
ROBERTSON: I'm OK with a background check, you know.
ROBERTSON: Bob, I have a lot of weapons, and every time I have to fill out the paperwork to get the weapon.
BECKEL: You're not carrying any now?
ROBERTSON: Only my beard. Only my beard.
ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: They want to wrap. We've got another segment with you.
But very quickly, you go around the country and speak, I read somewhere your Christian beliefs are nonnegotiable, you put them out there. True?
ROBERTSON: Oh, yes. It was going to be impossible to make a show about our family without our faith and that part of it, yes, we talk about it everywhere.
PERINO: And you talk about the value of work, which we have been talking a lot about.
ROBERTSON: I like me some work, I am a CEO. I like people that work.
PERINO: You're a good task master, too. You try to keep everybody on line.
BECKEL: Food stamps --
ROBERTSON: No, no.
PERINO: Do you think your brother, if he is not prepared, that's like Bob on the show?
BECKEL: What do you mean? I'm prepared all the time.
BOLLING: I'm going.
PERINO: We get to come back. Willie will give us a sneak peek at the upcoming season of "Duck Dynasty." That's Bob's block, next.
BECKEL: Yo. We're back now with Willie Robertson from "Duck Dynasty," season four kicks off tomorrow. Here is a preview.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why are you so sad?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm not sad. I'm just trying to escape for a few minutes.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What are you escaping from?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, my wife and that stinking wedding.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You boys are starting to sound whipped there.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Not whipped, they're just sad.
I ain't whipped.
Butter is whipped, cream is whipped. Horses are whipped. Willie ain't whipped.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Chow.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What is that?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's my whip.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It broke.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BECKEL: We like to ask your wife if you're whipped or not.
All right. Andrea, go ahead.
TANTAROS: Two quick questions. When President Obama said people cling to their God and their religion and their guns, did you feel offended by that? And who do you like for 2016 on the Republican side.
ROBERTSON: I was offended by that. Who do I like for 2016? See what comes out, curious about Jindal.
TANTAROS: Bobby Jindal. Will you run for Congress?
ROBERTSON: Run for Congress?
TANTAROS: It is the question everyone is asking on Twitter.
ROBERTSON: I heard today I was doing that. That's interesting. Yes, it's news to me.
BECKEL: Willie, let me tell you something, last thing you want to do is go to Congress, man.
TANTAROS: Bob, you could run his campaign.
BECKEL: Yes, I could, but you couldn't wear camo on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Why would you want to do that? I mean, stay where he is? He's making millions of bucks. For duck ones or whatever it's called.
ROBERTSON: Are you scared of my politics and what I would bring in?
BECKEL: Yes, I do, because you would be another right winger adding onto right wingers.
Go ahead, Eric.
BOLLING: Well, I was going to ask if you were interested in that vacated congressional seat in Louisiana.
ROBERTSON: I am kind of busy now, got a lot going on.
PERINO: OK. I'm sorry, that was your question.
BOLLING: You wanted to tell us about Pepe (ph) --
ROBERTSON: Pepe, no.
PERINO: Looking forward to this season. Do you have a favorite moment we should look for? What should we be looking for?
ROBERTSON: This first episode, I don't think there will be a lesson taught on TV that's so powerful about love and forgiveness in marriage than my parents, and it comes at the end. By the end, it gets really good. It is funny all the way, but when it comes together at the end, it is my favorite one yet.
PERINO: You're giving me duck bumps.
GUTFELD: You have to go to a doctor. Those don't go away. Then they come back. They're disgusting.
I have a question for you. Buddy of mine has this theory if you do something for ten years, you can't help but be successful, if you just stick to something. How long did it take for you guys to actually reach your success?
ROBERTSON: Well, dad started the business 40 years ago, and I think the key for him was he was content, kept those expectations down, didn't want too much too soon and he was happy. Like he says, happy, happy, what he was doing.
So, it wasn't about money and any of that, he was happy what he was doing, he was able to hunt all the time. By the time I came in, I brought a lot of energy, said, hey, see if we can take it to the next level. We think the Lord blessed us and here we are.
BECKEL: You have young children we met, teenage children. Are you worried what this exposure does for them, what their future is like being your daughters?
ROBERTSON: The thing I worry about, that's probably number one. They didn't necessarily sign up for this. So, if I ever get sick of this or that, I can blame myself, this is what you sign for.
For them, they kind of came along. I do worry. But I just talk to them, let them know, you don't have to be on the show, be a part of this.
They're great kids though. I know they were raised right. Korie and I raised them right. And they love the Lord and they are doing fantastic. They have their own speaking gigs, flying their friends in from out of town.
BECKEL: -- television, but I watch your show, and I'll tell you folks, it's one of the best I've seen.
Willie, thanks for joining us. Best of luck with the new season, man.
ROBERTSON: Thank you much.
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