Life is about to get a little hairy for Alan Robertson. The clean-shaven pastor, 47, is set to join the rest of his family, the famously bearded Duck Dynasty clan, on their hit A&E reality series this fall, the New York Post reports. Alan is the eldest of Phil and Kay Robertson's four sons — his younger brothers are Willie, Jase, and Jep — and the only one who doesn't a) have a big, scraggly beard, and b) work in duck call manufacturing.
At least one of those things will change when Duck Dynasty returns for its fourth season on Aug. 14. Alan told the Post he's quitting his day job to join the show and the family business as the company's "Beards and Beauty Wrangler," which is Duck Dynasty speak for public relations. He said he hopes the series' popularity will allow him to spread the word of God to more people.
"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 told the paper. "Any person that's an evangelist, that's what you want to do, so I had to give this up for something possibly bigger."
Bigger — and hairier. Phil, Willie, Jase, Jep, and Phil's brother Si are famous for their hirsute, camo-clad personas. So will Alan follow suit? "The beards are so iconic," he admitted to the Post, noting that he lets his facial hair go wild during hunting season.
Beard or no beard, Alan is in for a big change when he makes his debut on the series in August. Duck Dynasty is a bonafide smash; its season three finale brought in nearly 10 million viewers.
"All this time, I've been flying under the radar; I can go to Starbucks and get Mama coffee," he told the Post. To which his dad Phil replied, "That is about to change."
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