Jep and Jessica Robertson were beyond thrilled to welcome their fifth child, Gus, into their brood, and according to Jep, his father, Phil Robertson, was also excited about his new grandchild.
The couple revealed on their new A&E reality show, Jep and Jessica: Growing the Dynasty, that they had recently adopted a black baby after “many, many years” of discussions.
The entire family appeared on Good Morning America on Thursday, and Jep was asked how his 69-year-old father reacted to the baby news.
“He always said, and I guess this never got quoted, is that, ‘We’re all part of one race, the human race,'” Jep responded. “He loves him.”
In 2013, Phil came under fire when he made some remarks to GQ magazine about black people living in the South before the Civil Rights era.
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them,” the Duck Dynasty star told the magazine at the time. “They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, I tell you what: These doggone white people — not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
In September 2014, Phil clarified his comments to Us Weekly, saying, “I was just giving my experience. The point I was making was that even when our black brothers didn’t have their civil rights, those people had that one thing the government couldn’t take from them: their faith. They would sing spiritual songs as they were going across those cotton fields.”
He added, “We don’t look at people like black, white and brown. We’re all members of the human race.”
Years later, the Robertson family is welcoming new baby Gus with open arms. Jessica gushed that her son is “the best baby” and is “spoiled with love.”
Last summer, Jep and Jessica released a book, The Good, The Bad, and the Grace of God: What Honesty and Pain Taught Us About Faith, Family and Forgiveness, which dropped quite a few bombshells about their famous family and Jep’s father.