That’s because Si’s wife, Christine Robertson, never appeared on the show. Si explained that her health problems and disinterest in living in the public eye kept her off-camera.
“Sometimes we film 12 hours a day,” Si told US Weekly in 2014. “And she’s just not healthy enough to go through the rigors of that. But, ah, it ain’t no big deal. She wants no part of it anyway. She’s been married to me for 43 years. The last thing she needs is to watch us on a TV show.”
Si said his wife made the right choice in avoiding the limelight, adding she had “better sense” than the rest of the family.
“Celebrity life is not all it’s cracked up to be!” he told the magazine. “If I had a choice to go somewhere or stay home, I’d stay home. I’m a homebody. Christine’s the same.”
Si Robertson Proposed 100 Times Before She Said Yes
Si Robertson said he knew right away that he wanted to marry Christine. But she was hesitant, he explained in his book “Si-Cology: 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle.” Her previous marriage ended after doctors told her she would never have children. Si said he didn’t care.
“I said, ‘Hey, don’t worry about that. The doctors don’t have the final word. I believe in a higher power,’” he recalled to Fox News.
So, he asked her to marry him. Over and over and over again. He joked with Good Morning America that he must have asked more than 100 times before she finally said yes. They’ll celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this year.
And the doctors were wrong. Si and Christine have two children, though they were both difficult pregnancies. His daughter lives in Texas with her four boys. Their son followed his father’s footsteps and joined the U.S. Army. After serving several tours in Iraq, he returned home and lives nearby with his wife.
It’s just one in a long line of quirky and unexpected things Si Robertson has done over the years. But his wife laughs along and joins in on the fun with him most of the time, he said. That’s partly why their marriage has lasted so long. That, and knowing when to accept defeat.
“And when you go to bed at night, kiss each other and tell each other that you love each other,” he told the Christian Post. “Don’t go to bed mad. Life is too short. Keep it simple.”