It looks like Duane Dog Chapman’s criminal hunting days are just about to end. A&E canceled “Dog the Bounty Hunter”, officially leaving Duane without work.
According to a report from Variety, confirmed by Entertainment Weekly, Duane Dog Chapman’s career on television ends now. The final episodes of the “Dog the Bounty Hunter” season eight will air starting June.
Entertainment Weekly writes that A&E took the decision to cancel the reality show featuring Duane Dog Chapman. “Dog the Bounty Hunter” was around for some very long eight seasons. The reality show presented not only the unusual profession of fugitive recovery agent, but the man that made this particular career so intriguing.
Variety writes that the reality show featuring Duane Dog Chapman “was among the first home-grown hits that A&E fielded as the cabler transitioned away from his traditional focus on artsy programming and the Biography series”. The report also reads that the show’s success was what “helped point A&E in the direction of unscripted skeins focusing on larger-than-life characters and law enforcement fare”. The truth is that Duane Dog Chapman made possible reality shows such as “Swamp People” and “Duck Dynasty”.
For many seasons, Duane Dog Chapman was the reason the reality show kept on going. His life on and off set was controversial enough to give him the opportunity to make an appearance on Larry King Live. Sure, it wasn’t because he caught a FBI most wanted. He was there to apologize to the nation for a recording of him using the “n” word more than a few times.
Plus, Dog also got some death threats that made him all the more interesting for people watching the show back home. In fact, the matter got quite some media coverage earlier this year, particularly after the FBI got involved. The star received several emails that had threats such as: “I’m going to murder you. I’m going to come to Hawaii and murder you and your family in cold blood. You are next on my list and are the bane of society. I will deliver you to God”.
Americans will always appreciate a man trying to help the justice, even when we’re not talking about official police work. Bounty hunting TV series depicted controversial courageous men that would do anything possible to capture their fugitives.