Mark Burnett Used 12 Razors in a Lufthansa Bathroom to Shave His Beard

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Mark Burnett

The reality uber-producer had a "mad moment" on a plane where he got rid of his 'Duck Dynasty'-style beard during an overseas flight (and used 12 disposable razors in the process.)

This story first appeared in the June 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Reality uber-producer Mark Burnett had the Twittersphere buzzing May 31 when he appeared at the Critics' Choice TV Awards without his Duck Dynasty-style beard. Turns out the brains behind The Voice, The Apprentice and Survivor had shaved off what his wife, Roma Downey, affectionately had dubbed "a human Chia Pet" on a flight back from the Rome set of Ben Hur in April.

As Burnett tells it, he was in the bathroom with 9½ hours left on the Lufthansa flight and a drawer labeled "razors" caught his eye. "In a mad moment, I just started shaving it off," he laughed. An hour and a half -- and 12 disposable razors -- later, he emerged fully shorn. So what prompted the change? A recent appearance on The Tonight Show where Downey and Jimmy Fallon donned faux beards in his honor: "That's when I thought, 'The beard has officially become a joke.' "