- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - When Rex Blisard built a camo-covered church pew to give to “Duck Dynasty,” his favorite TV show, he had no idea his gift would result in a lengthy visit with “Duck Dynasty” family members and an appearance on national television.

“We love that show. We never miss it,” Blisard said of cable TV’s top-rated reality show, with some 13 million viewers.

Blisard is founder of Born Again Pews, a church furniture company in Leach, about 60 miles east of Tulsa on U.S. 412.

He and his wife, Courtney, were watching “Duck Dynasty” early last year when they saw a road sign on the screen and realized that an upcoming business trip would take them within a few miles of the show’s location in Louisiana.

“Courtney said ‘wouldn’t it be cool to build them a camouflage pew and take it to them,’” he said.

“We built it, and we had everybody at the shop sign it.”

Blisard and his son-in-law, Nick Howard, took the pew to the “Duck Dynasty” site in April.

They arrived unannounced, not knowing that ABC’s “Good Morning America” was there filming that day.

When they explained their purpose, a woman there said they had just cleaned out a corner for the ABC filming.

She told Blisard that Willie Robertson, the Duck Commander CEO and son of the family patriarch, had commented just an hour earlier that they needed to find a bench for that spot.

Duck Commander is a family business that makes duck calls in West Monroe, La.

Blisard and Howard then met and talked at length with Willie Robertson and Silas “Uncle Si” Robertson.

The ABC film crew asked if they could interview Blisard and Howard.

The interview was not aired until December, when a controversy erupted over comments made by “Duck Dynasty” family patriarch Phil Robertson.

Robertson was suspended Dec. 18 by A&E; Network after anti-gay remarks in a GQ Magazine interview. An unrepentant Robertson was reinstated 10 days later after a national outcry.

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