Phil Robertson: Wife Miss Kay Talks 'Duck Dynasty' Patriarch

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Phil Robertson is a little 'rough around the edges.' At least that's what his wife, Duck Dynasty matriarch Miss Kay said during a recent interview with Fox411. The mother and wife of the Duck Commander crew is promoting a new cookbook and appeared on the show for that purpose. The conversation, however, turned to Phil.

When the talk turned to Phil Robertson and some of the speeches he's made lately, Miss Kay came to her husband's defense--sort of. She was asked if she reviews any of these speeches before he gives them.

"No, Phil’s kind of his own man. And really things come to him, he never has notes, never. I will give him suggestions of things that I like. I love when he does things from the old presidents. I enjoy that, I always did love history. And I’ll tell him what I like and what I don’t like. I’ll do that quite often as a wife usually does to a husband," she said.

She admits to occasionally being surprised at some of the things the Duck Dynasty patriarch says--and has even uttered the words, ‘I can’t believe you said that!’ on more than one occasion.

"I’m not scared of him," Miss Kay said. "But I also love him and appreciate what he’s trying to do and I think most people don’t realize he really is trying to help. Sometimes I think he doesn’t get it out exactly right but yes his heart is good and he’s trying to be helpful even though it might sound different to other people."

Do you think Kay Robertson is making excuses for Phil Robertson? Or is her situation like a lot of women in the south--she's been married a long time and learns to consider her words carefully in order to keep peace?

On the upside, Miss Kay says she isn't the only cook in her marriage. Yes, Phil Robertson occasionally cooks, too.

"I’m so proud of my husband," she said. "People don’t realize that he’ll step up to the plate and totally cook if I’ve given up. He does hamburgers, a lot of grilling, an old-time jambalaya. He can do a mean fried chicken, he does a fried steak with wild gravy. He’s good and he doesn’t mind it. In fact since I’ve been on the phone for most of the day with interviews he’s going to cook for me when I stop, he’s already told me."

"People don’t see that. They just see the rugged, outspoken man but you know what? There’s a lot of sweetness there too," Miss Kay adds.

Does this sound like the same Phil Robertson--the one who stars on Duck Dynasty on A&E?

You can check out Kay Robertson's cookbook by picking up a copy of Duck Commander Kitchen Presents Celebrating Family and Friends: Recipes for Every Month of the Year.

Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and ‘Nana’ to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.