Willie Robertson has joined Fox News as an official news correspondent and podcast host. Robertson, the 43-year-old reality television star, is making a jump from his family’s Duck Dynasty series to cable news, and is set to join the Fox network on April 4. Robertson has already appeared numerous times on Fox News as a guest.
According to Deadline Hollywood on March 31, Fox will introduce The Willie Robertson Podcast to its listeners, where Willie will dish on his evangelical views, framed as “faith and family,” as often expressed on the Duck Dynasty shows.
Robertson Jr. has stayed out of the media controversies – while his father Phil Robertson has put on his hip boots and waded right in. In 2014, the Duck Dynasty patriarch ranted on gays and AIDS in judgmental diatribe against homosexuals, telling us that God is punishing gays by giving them the AIDS virus. He also spoke to Fox News, saying that radical Islam – if they cannot get Jesus into their lives – should all be killed.
The unfiltered Robertson also encouraged men to marry girls as young as 15 years of age, as long as they can “cook” and “carry a Bible.” After a controversial, foot-in-mouth interview with GQ, in which Phil grouped gays with “terrorists and drunkards,” he was briefly suspended from the A&E reality show.
Interestingly, Willie Robertson recently endorsed Donald Trump. In late January, Robertson threw his support behind Trump for president, calling him a “friend of the Second Amendment” — about a week after his father Phil endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. In September last year, Trump yanked Willie on stage at a rally at the Oklahoma State Fair, where Willie told the crowd that he “has to admit, I do like me some Trump.”
Fox News is in the middle of a feud with Trump, stemming from the businessman’s continued mud slinging at news pundit and political commentator Megyn Kelly. In mid-March, the GOP frontrunner called Kelly a “sick” and “overrated” reporter, and Fox News defended the 45-year-old journalist, saying that Trump is “obsessed” with her and questioned the dignity of the candidate who hopes to be president. Earlier in the month Trump snubbed the Fox News debate rules by talking with his campaign manager during commercial breaks.
What are your thoughts?
Is the right-leaning Fox now trying to make things right with the GOP party? Some suggest the fact that the much-maligned Fox News – often accused of promoting conservative political positions and biased reporting – is bringing on Willie Robertson for nothing more than political posturing.