Duck Dynasty, it’s fair to say, has been a bona fide TV hit. Indeed, the Robertson clan have charmed millions of viewers around the world as the saga of their duck-hunting apparel empire unfolded across the show’s 11 seasons.
And, in the process, many male members of the Robertson family have become known for sporting some impressive facial fuzz. In fact, the very idea that any of them would even consider going clean-shaven seems unlikely. But that’s just what Jase Robertson did in September 2017.
Jase is the second oldest of patriarch Phil Robertson’s sons and the current COO of the family company Duck Commander. He spends most of his time creating the duck calls that are the firm’s stock-in-trade and often acted as the comic relief of Duck Dynasty.
Furthermore, Jase sports perhaps the most impressive chin warmer of all the Duck Dynasty brothers. So, it might come as somewhat of a surprise that he decided to shave it off. He did just that, though, for a very special cause. And to say that he looked different afterwards would be a stark understatement.
Specifically, Jase’s drastic makeover was organized through a charity that he helped set up himself. That’s the Mia Moo Fund, founded by Jase and his wife Missy in support of their 14-year-old daughter Mia.
Mia, moreover, has had a cleft lip and palate since birth. This means that her skull didn’t join properly at the roof of the mouth, or palate, while she was in the womb. And while such features aren’t life-threatening, they can nevertheless cause problems with speech development during childhood.
In 2014, though, Mia had surgery to correct her cleft lip and palate. And as Jase and Missy were so moved by the outpouring of support for their daughter during that time, they decided to set up a charity to help other children born with the same conditions. In that way, the Mia Moo Fund was born.
That charity raises money to put towards support for children with cleft palates and their families. It also sets out to educate people about those conditions and to help invest in better research and care for those afflicted. And, naturally, the Mia Moo Fund needs to bring in cash in order to do these things – which is where Jase’s beard comes in.
According to the Mia Moo Fund website, Missy really wanted to see her husband sans bushy bristles, since he hadn’t shaved in seven years. Obligingly, Jase promised that if the charity could raise $100,000 in donations, he would indeed let them take the clippers to his magnificent facial fur.
But although Jase had apparently got out of the habit of shaving, he hadn’t been reluctant to do so in the past. Before Duck Dynasty began, in fact, Jase had been accustomed to clipping off his beard as soon as duck season was over. Then, the hair would slowly regrow before the beginning of the next season.
And the Mia Moo Fund promise didn’t mark the first time that Jase had hinted that he might remove his beard altogether. During an interview in 2013, for instance, he revealed that he planned to de-fuzz after Duck Dynasty’s end. At that time, however, his reasoning behind the move was different – he wanted to become unrecognizable.
Still, even with the support of his daughter and her charity motivating him, it can’t have been an easy decision for Jase to go clean-shaven. After all, Jase is rather fond of his facial hair. Indeed, he has even said in the past that beards are beneficial to duck hunters, as they help with camouflage.
On the other hand, being so heavily bearded can bring problems. For instance, Robertson once received the wrong kind of attention at an airport just at the end of hunting season, when his beard was about as big as it gets. There, he was searched by airport security; he even made a woman scream when he accidentally bumped into her.
During that same trip, moreover, a young boy asked Jase for his autograph. Only after he’d signed it, though, did Jase realize that the child actually didn’t know anything about Duck Dynasty. Rather, the would-be fan thought that the reality TV star was one of the GEICO cavemen.
But despite being confused for an extra from an insurance commercial once in a while, Jase has done extremely well out of the show. His sterling work crafting the duck calls made him an integral part of the business, and he’s now estimated to be worth about $10 million.
With the show finished, however, Jase has turned his attention to taking care of his family. He also devotes some of his time to appearing at Christian events and has even started up a new website, CamoFlix, to keep all his fans informed about what’s going on in his life.
And, of course, Jase has decided to do his bit for his daughter’s charity, too, through daring to sacrifice his beard. The plans for the shave were announced on the Mia Moo Fund website in June 2017; a few days after that, Jase and Missy appeared on Fox and Friends to discuss the event and the cause it was helping. Then, on September 4, Jase sat himself in a barber’s chair, ready to lose his facial hair.
The entire shaving process, moreover, was broadcast live on Facebook. Missy operated the camera, while a friend manned the clippers, also trimming his hair to match the new clean-cut look. And, afterwards, Jase walked out and stunned his whole family.
Indeed, the TV personality looked like an entirely different person, especially when stood next to his still-bearded father and brothers. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, his wife of almost 30 years was a big fan of the metamorphosis. At least, that’s judging from comments later made by Jase on Twitter, where he wrote that Missy had been more flirty with him since the shave.
So, while Jase may have a harder time stalking ducks for a while, the pay-off was undoubtedly worth it. After all, by braving the shave, he’s helped raise a huge amount for better care for children with cleft palates. And, in the process, he’s definitely done his daughter proud.