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‘Duck Dynasty’ Mania: Secrets to a Happy Marriage, Duck Calling Lessons and More!

“Extra’s” Maria Menounos traveled to West Monroe, Louisiana to hang with TV’s most popular family, “Duck Dynasty’s” the Robertsons, getting a behind-the-scenes look at what makes them quack.

Menounos spent time at home with “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson and his beloved wife, Miss Kay. The couple, together for nearly 50 years, shared their love story and opened up about what almost broke them apart in the ‘70s.
Miss Kay said, “He had about 10 hard years. 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 added, “I was following the ways of the world. I was raised in the ‘60s.”

Kay explained how she made it through the bad times. “My grandmother she told me when you get married, it’s for life. Then she told me, ‘Sometime in life, you’re probably going have to fight for your marriage.’ I was like, ‘Why would I do that?’ Those words that were out in my head as a child growing up never left… I finally found my faith.”
The Robertson matriarch continued, “When we finally separated, he kicked me out. I didn’t leave him, but he came back and found us three months later and it’s been happily ever after.”
What is one secret to their “happy, happy” marriage? A special note they keep on their bedroom headboard. Phil explained, “She stood over me and said. ‘Do you love me?’ and I said yes and she said, ‘Write it down.’ So I scribbled, ‘Miss Kay, I love you. I always have and I always will.’”
Check out how well Maria does using one of the Robertson’s patented duck calling whistles!

For more on the whole “Duck Dynasty” experience, including shopping, books and about their Christmas special airing December 11 on A&E!, click here!

Also, read Maria's blog about the experience for Huffington Post!