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Willie Robertson Is Thrilled by Daughter Sadie's DWTS Performance (VIDEO)

Dancing With the Stars

Willie Robertson Is Thrilled by Daughter Sadie's DWTS Performance (VIDEO)

Originally posted 10/07/2014 08:45AM

Sadie Robertson really came out of her shell on Monday's Dancing with the Stars, performing a spirited samba with partner Mark Ballas.

The judges were impressed, handing the pair a score of 37. But they weren't the only ones gushing about the 17-year-old, who really seems to be hitting her stride.

PEOPLE caught up with her proud papa, Willie Robertson, after the show to get his thoughts. And while admitting it's still early in the competition, the Duck Dynasty star said he can tell his daughter is improving week to week.

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Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson: Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sarah Palin & More Speak Out

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson: Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sarah Palin & More Speak Out

Originally posted 12/19/2013 04:00PM

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has made a statement of support for Phil Robertson, who was suspended from A&E Network's Duck Dynasty for making anti-gay comments.

Jindal claimed that Robertson, 67, was simply exercising his freedom of speech in the interview for GQ in which Robertson likened homosexuality to bestiality.

"I don't agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive," Jindal said in a written statement. "But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment.

"It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended," Jindal added.

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