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.”