Duck Dynasty’s Willie turned down Survivor, wanted to be on Amazing Race

Duck Dynasty cast member Willie Robertson applied for The Amazing Race and was rejected, but was cast on Survivor, which he turned down because his wife, Korie, told him, “They’ll make you look like a redneck.”

This was before the A&E series, which started airing in 2012 and did not make Willie look like a redneck.

Parade magazine’s story on the show reveals that, and also gets the cast members to talk more openly about how scripted the show is, at least in terms of the set-up situations.

Jase said that producers “come up with ideas, but I get to be myself in those ideas.” Alan was more blunt: “What actually happens is pretty much a re-creation, because you’re not being followed by cameras every day. Sometimes when a story is retold and shot, it may have been something that happened with Willie and me, and you maybe see it played out between Si and Jase.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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