'Duck Dynasty' Star Wanted to Kill Himself Over Fame

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Duck Dynasty is one of my favorite shows on TV, not just because it’s hysterical, or because it shares Christian and family values, but because I love that these self-described rednecks stay true to themselves despite the fame and fortune that’s come their way. Remember when they snuck into the country club to go frogging? Awesome.

Anyway, it’s apparently been tougher for some of them than others -- Reed Robertson, the teenage son of Jase and Missy, recently admitted that the pressure of being on the hit show got to him, and he even had suicidal thoughts

A couple years ago, I started to get real cynical and looking at everything like ‘That’s wrong,’ or ‘They are looking at that wrong’ because I thought I had it all figured out,” he said. “I guess I got really caught up in thinking that I was better than everyone else because of who my family was.

Apparently he became so uppity that his friends and loved ones didn’t even want to hang out with him anymore. He said that he hit rock bottom after being snubbed by some friends at church.

No one wanted anything to do with a cynical person like me. I told my youth minister that I was, I pretty much told him that I wanted to kill myself.

He went so far as to write a suicide note, but talked to his parents instead of going through with it. He said that his mom’s tears and his dad’s tough common sense admonishment changed his heart.

My mom was devastated of course. She’s crying and all this kinda stuff. She’s thinking where she went wrong and it wasn’t her at all. My dad told me that is the most selfish thing that you can do … Leave this world because you can’t take it. And I really believe that that’s true.

Reed says he’s now “back on track with Jesus.”

I just thought about, like, I’m about to leave all these people that I could have a really huge impact with. I was finally free of doubts, of having an attitude of being cynical, and I remember being so relieved. And Jesus brings that relief. I think who taught me that was the men in my life and my family.

Wow. It’s not often you find a kid with a good enough head on his shoulders to realize he’s going down the wrong path, take the steps to right himself, and then admit his mistakes.

Reason No. 8,347 to love the Robertsons.

Do you watch Duck Dynasty?


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nonmember avatar Dianne

I don't watch the show but I love this.

AdryF AdryF

Yep, and I love it. It shows what Christian is really like, it isn't all perfection or "bible thumping" it's just life. :) I hope everything works out for him. :)

nonmember avatar Dorothy Twine

Yes, we watch the show & love it. The reason I first watched it was because I'm from Missouri. I grew up on the West Coast but I teased that I was a hilly billy. I didn't care because I saw honest, Christian & family was a Hill Billy. Then I watched & saw a program that made me laugh ( a lot ) it was good clean morals but most of all, they were a family who love each other & Jesus! I miss my 6 brothers. I really miss my mom & daddy who are in Heaven now. I hope this show stays on, the family stays blessed and one day I hope we could just sit and visit with them. What a hoot that would be. Love all the Robinson Family. Oh, I really like the respect the kids have for their elders with Yes Sir & Yes Mam! Where did that go & why did our country go so wrong?

nonmember avatar Harry Armstrong

Best show on television. Like you said good Christian values, family values and they stay true to themselves> My favorite scene is when Willie is learning to drive a golf ball and a couple of them lead by Uncle Sy are using the golf balls as skeet practice - in a gated community with multi-dollar homes. Only on Duck Dynasty would that be funny.

nonmember avatar wilmaashton

My husband and I really love this show.We enjoy the family values that this show brings into our home,Its good for the whole family.And really makes us laugh.I just got to say Reed,keep it real with Jesus,he is the answer to our problem.I would not be here if it wasn't for him.

EmilyH87 EmilyH87

I work in the same town as them and live just across the river. They are very, very good people. And Miss Kay is one of the sweetest women you will ever meet.

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