- (Photo: Twitter/Sean Hannity)
An online debate is currently waging over an immensely generous tip left at a restaurant in Washington, D.C., where Willie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty," television host Sean Hannity and other politicians were dining on the night of the State of the Union address in late January.
According to photos posted on social media, Robertson and his wife, Korie, attended a dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House in D.C. with Hannity, host of his own talk show on Fox News, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), radio talk show host Mark Levin and former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, and his wife Callista.
The high-profile diners reportedly racked up a large bill during their dinner, owing a $5,000 tab after they had finished their meal at 2 a.m., far after the restaurant had officially closed. According to TMZ, Willie Robertson, who is CEO of the family's "Duck Commander" duck call business, paid the bill in full. Additionally, he left the two waiters serving the table a $5,000 tip, or 100 percent.
Although TMZ is claiming Robertson was the one who picked up the large tab and left such a generous tip, TVNewser claims that an insider source says it was actually Hannity who picked up the bill and left the generous amount. "Hannity knows from service industry work: during college he worked as a dishwasher, bartender and short order cook," reports the media outlet.
Regardless of who left such a generous tip on the evening of Jan. 28, Twitter is abuzz with compliments toward both Hannity and Robertson for their alleged generosity.
"See? Republicans don't have any problem redistributing wealth," tweeted one reader named Melissa, while another fan, Elizabeth Vale, tweeted: "That Willie Robertson is a classy guy!"
Other tweets were congratulatory of Sean Hannity for leaving the tip. S.E. Smith wrote "Good job Sean Hannity!"
The Robertsons were evidently a big celebrity attraction at the State of the Union address, as seen through photos posted by politicians and other attendees on social media. Over one dozen congressmen and senators posted photos of them standing next to the reality show couple, including Rep. Steve Stockman, Rep. Martha Roby, Sen. David Vitter, Rep. Jeff Duncan, Rep. Steve Scalise, Rep. Thomas Massie, and Rep. Alan Nunnelee, among others.
The Robertson couple was able to attend the 2014 State of the Union address as guests of Vance McAllister (R-Swartz) and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. Hannity also tweeted a photo of himself with the Robertsons and other guests at their post-speech dinner with the caption "Great time at dinner."