‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ gets canceled
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The eighth season of ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ looks to be its last: A&E has declined to order more episodes of the reality series, which will continue its final season in June.
‘Dog,’ real name Duane Chapman, has been an iconic figure on the cable network since the 2004 debut of his fugitive hunting series featuring himself, his business partner and wife, Beth; his sons, Duane Lee and Leland; his associate Tim ‘Youngblood’ Chapman (no relation); and his daughter, ‘Baby’ Lyssa.
Duane Chapman was first introduced to people through an episode of the A&E reality series ‘Take This Job,’ which featured the flamboyant bounty hunter as he tracked fugitives in both Colorado and Hawaii.
The series’ run hasn’t been without controversy, however. The show was briefly suspended in 2007 following the release of an audio tape in which Chapman repeatedly used a racial slur in regards to his son’s black girlfriend. Chapman made a public apology on CNN and taping of episodes resumed in early 2008.
In 2010, Chapman was sued by one of the men he arrested in 2009, who alleged that Chapman falsely claimed the man had shot at him and edited the footage on the show to make it appear that way. The man, Hoang Minh Phung Nguyen, never had formal charges filed against him by police and said Chapman’s defamation cost him his job and forced him to relocate. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the case entered mediation in March 2011.
Last year, both Chapman sons quit the show, which was taped and aired in an episode in March 2012.
-- Patrick Kevin Day