"Duck Dynasty" star Jep Robertson has revealed his favorite episode of the 11-season A&E show was when his parents chose to be remarried before family and friends.
Phil and Kay Robertson's youngest son made the revelation during a speech delivered at the Salvation Army Banquet in Kerrville, Texas last week. The episode featuring his parent's second wedding ceremony, titled "Till Duck Do Us Part", aired during season 4 of the popular reality show.
Jep also shared how his parent's marriage inspired his own relationship with his wife of 15 years, Jessica, with whom he has five children: daughters Lily, Merritt, Priscilla, and sons River and Gus.
"Asked about the influence of his family, Robertson described how giving and welcoming his parents, and especially his mother, were with complete strangers," reads a recap of the speech. "He said many were invited to family meals on the spur of the moment."
Jep, who with Jessica wrote The Good, The Bad, and the Grace of God: What Honesty and Pain Taught Us About Faith, Family and Forgiveness, also shared how his parents helped him overcome drug and alcohol addiction and told audiences that like his father, he tries to "spend as much quality time as possible with my children and talk to them about faith."
On Facebook, the Salvation Army thanked Jep for sharing his story: "Thank you to all who attended, donated to, and volunteered at our 31st Annual Circle of Service. Jep Robertson gave a moving testimony to his struggle with addiction, and how his faith in Christ helped him overcome it," the organization said. "Because of your support, vital services such as the Reconnect program, are able to continue and thrive. #doingthemostgood."
Phil and Kay Robertson married in 1966 -- when Kay was just 16 years old. While the Robertsons are now one big happy family, Phil and Kay's marriage wasn't always so harmonious. Kay has shared how she decided to stay with Phil through his darkest days as he battled alcoholism and admitted to adultery.
"After all these years of fighting for my marriage, I really felt like I didn't know what to do," Kay said during a Marriage Matters event at the Michigan Theatre in Jackson several years ago. "It was the lowest time of my whole life. I just wanted to sleep and not wake up."
As she cried in the bathroom, she heard her children, who told her that they and God loved her and that things would be alright.
"It was like a light turned on in my head," she said. "Are you going to leave those little souls with that drunk on the couch?"
She went over to her husband and said "The devil is living in you; I hate the devil but I love you."
"Maybe God just knew I was there for the long haul," she said. "I fought for my marriage, Jack."
In a 2013 interview with "Extra," Kay said: "He didn't act nice like he does now, especially when he was drinking. He was real selfish and didn't want to be responsible."
Phil explained that it was because "there was no Jesus" at that time. "I was following the ways of the world. I was raised in the '60s," he added.