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‘Duck Dynasty’ stars Korie and Willie Robertson talk ‘ugly comments’ about biracial child

‘Duck Dynasty’ stars Korie and Willie Robertson talk ‘ugly comments’ about biracial child

Korie and Willie Robertson have gotten candid about raising a biracial son.

The couple, made famous by the hit A& E reality series “Duck Dynasty,” had a frank conversation about race on the premiere episode of their new Facebook Watch series, “At Home With the Robertsons.”

The pair were joined by another married couple from reality TV, “Love & Hip Hop” stars Yandy and Mendeecees Harris, who are Black.

The Robertsons adopted their biracial son, Will Robertson Jr., as a newborn after being told the wait was longer unless they adopted a biracial child.

Korie Robertson said they had never really thought about race until the show became a hit and viewers started making remarks like “Wait. Who’s the Black kid? Who does he belong to?'” about their son who was 10 when the series debuted in 2012.

“When ‘Duck Dynasty’ hit, when we were on television and you had all these racist people on there making all kind of ugly comments,” Willie Robertson said, “For us, it was weird because then now he can see that.”

As Willie recalled, they were told it would take a couple of years to adopt unless they were interested in a biracial child, noting agencies said “those are the hardest ones to place in the South.”

Now 19 and in college, Willie Robertson Jr. said he was the only Black students in his class.

“I would look myself in the mirror and be like, ‘Oh, I’m just a little bit darker,'” he said. “I’m just a little bit tanner.”

The Harrisses talked to the family about issues including unconscious bias, the need to discuss what to do if the police pulled the younger Robertson over — and the importance of acknowledging his race.

“I think love should be what connects a family,” Yandy Harris told the teen. “But I also think it’s important for wherever you come from to know your history and also to know your roots.”

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‘The Talk’ returns with Sheryl Underwood remarks and an episode on race

“The Talk” returned Monday by jumping right into a conversation about race.

It was the first new episode since cohost Sharon Osbourne left the CBS daytime talk show in the wake of a heated discussion she had with fellow cohost Sheryl Underwood over Osbourne’s support of her friend, Piers Morgan.

Underwood questioned that support after Morgan’s negative comments following Prince Harry and Meghan’s interview with media mogul Oprah Winfrey were criticized as being rooted in racism.

Underwood opened Monday’s episode by explaining that it was the panel’s first time in studio since the incident with Osbourne and her exit from the show.

“We need to process the events of that day and what’s happened since so we can get to the healing,” Underwood said. “Over the next hour we will honestly discuss what occurred and explore some of our feelings. And we’ll also show you how anyone can become more comfortable with discussing important issues and having difficult conversations.”

The show ended up going on a brief hiatus after the debate and allegations surfaced via an article by journalist Yashar Ali that Osbourne used racist and homophobic language while speaking about her former colleagues on the CBS talk show.

Ali cited former “Talk” co-host Leah Remini, who spoke on the record in the piece, as well as a number of unnamed sources.

CNN has not independently verified the claims. A spokesperson for Remini confirmed the accuracy of her statements as reported by Ali and declined further comment when contacted by CNN.

Osbourne tweeted an apology for the blowup with Underwood and denied that allegations raised in Ali’s reporting in a statement from her spokesperson, Howard Bragman.

“The only thing worse than a disgruntled former employee is a disgruntled former talk show host,” he said in a statement to CNN. “For 11 years Sharon has been kind, collegial and friendly with her hosts as evidenced by throwing them parties, inviting them to her home in the UK and other gestures of kindness too many to name. Sharon is disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies, the recasting of history and the bitterness coming out at this moment.”

Osbourne was the only remaining original cast member of “The Talk,” which debuted in 2010.

During Monday’s episode, Underwood and her fellow cohosts Carrie Ann Inaba, Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth welcomed expert on diversity, equity, inclusion and justice Dr. Donald E. Grant to offer advice on discussing issues of race and nationally acclaimed trauma therapist and life coach Dr. Anita Phillips, who shared expertise on how to heal after a painful event or conversation.

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