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A&E Suspends Production of ‘Dog The Bounty Hunter’

November 1, 2007 1:20 PM

Cable net A&E put a halt on production of its hit series “Dog the Bounty Hunter” after The National Enquirer posted a clip of Duane Chapman using the N-Word during a private telephone conversation with his son, who his dating a black woman.

Apparently, someone had taped the call and sent it to the Enquirer. In a statement, Chapman apologized profusely and said that his conversation was taken out of context. But A&E suspended production of the series until it had time to do its own investigation, said a network spokesman today.

I guess that was the responsible thing for A&E to decide, given the story about Chapman’s use of the N-Word subsequently appeared on every media outlet.

But this was hardly a Don Imus incident. Chapman made his remarks during a private telephone call, not knowing it was being taped. He didn’t say the N-Word in a public forum.

So here’s the question of the day: If you were handling this media crisis, would you have halted production of the series over a private remark Chapman made? Tough call.

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Jack Walker:

I do not think this should be used against Duane "DOG" Chapman....If all of our private conversations, whether on phone or in our own homes, were used against us, the majority of the population, white/brown/yellow/black, would be found racist or of having used racist remarks....All I have to say is FREEDOM OF SPEECH...This isn't North Korea....

Fred:

The conversation that Dog Chapman was private with
every right of privacy expected. A&E have no business acting as they have. We all say things in the heat of the moment. Dog certainly with his background is bound to use language that might offend someone when angry or upset. Given the invisible Government strings used against Mr. Chapman over the Mexican extradition I'm not surprised that someone was out to get him in this very manner.

RASHID EL AMIN:

He is a straight racist.

Djuana G. Davis:

This is a matter of character. Yes - this was private (this being the fact that he feels African American people are better described as N___s; but he simply got caught and now the world (the world called viewing audience) knows he feels this way. Could he really not have this conversation with his son, without refering to his son's girlfriend as a N__?Did he not even care that he was saying this about someone at least minimally important to his son? It might be legal, but it is not beneficial and it is not right.

Janice:

A&E needs to resume production of Dog The Bounty Hunter. Duane Chapman did NOT say they were scumbags or anything like that. He was simply concerned about someone taping his conversations and "catching" him saying the "N" word, which apparently his concerns were valid. Freedom of speech, baby. A&E, don't buckle under pressure from a few.

michelle:

I don't think he is wrong! We have freedom of speech and it was not in public when he said it. First of all he has the right to say anything especially when he is in his own house and he is talking to his son privately he didnt say the N word in front of the camera! A&E u should not act like that coz every people on this earth has own opinion. u shouldn't done that! A&E just over reacting about all of this!

Puffy101:

I dont get it. You can call someone a f-ing dog licking bummhole, but the N-word is offensive??? Like no one else have ever said that word before. what people do on their own time is their own business. Have we that little to do in life then stick our nose in other people's business.

Marianne,

You didn't report the full irony of this incident. CNN played an edited portion of this phone conversation with the transcription supered on the screen. Chapman clearly says (I'll paraphrase) that "we" say (N-word) around here all the time so I'm not willing to take the chance that some (N-word) is going to tell the world that I said (N-word) and make me lose everything we've worked to build.

Chapman may be a racist but ironically he was exactly right about the scenario.

I'm white and Jewish, and I feel about this incident the same way I felt about Mel Gibson's drunken rant. He apologized. Let's use this as an educational opportunity then move on.

Do we really want the Al Sharptons or Bill O'Reillys of the world to dictate the fate of celebrities who say foolish things?

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi previous posters,

Here's the core of the problem. Chapman said his remarks privately, or so he thought, but then it became a public affair, not of his own making, but one that A&E has to and is grappling with.

Thanks for weighing in and invite your pals here to do likewise, I find this a tough call.

Marianne

Mark:

I think DOG is cool, more so now than before however if I were black, I would be upset for obvious reasons. Thank god I'm not black though!

Mark:

I think DOG is cool, more so now than before however if I were black, I would be upset for obvious reasons. Thank god I'm not black though!

James:

There is a big difference between a "nigger" and an black America the same way there is a difference between a "white trash cracker" and a white American .I believe the Dog should have the right to freedom of speech to say whatever he wants. Is it not to much to ask that people mind their own business when it comes to someones private conversation between family members?

Rob:

Every individuals character is actually three people: the person the public sees, the person the family and friends see and the person the individual keeps hidden from everyone but them self. The second and third persons are the most revealing of the individual.

Bob:

A father has the right to share with his son concerning family matters (anything) regardless of public approval. Dog has freedom of speech.

If we are going to take issues with Dog about his poor choices of words, we need to start with our canadates for office. Many of these canadates if elected will affect all our lives. Don't watch the Dog if your upset,it will not affect your furture like voting for a doubled tongued canidate.
Many of our canidates are lieing to us to get our votes, be concerned about this. Don't take him off the air unless you take all the liars off also. Not all canadates are lieing but many are by changing with the popular flow of the moment.

NANCY:

I think dog chapman shouldn't of used the N word,but at least he regrets what he said. his show should be continued,as it is a really good show. GIVE THE MAN A BREAK EVERYBODY MAKES MISTAKES,all should be forgiven.

Jill Koerner:

This is rediculious, It was a private converstation between a father and son. I am the parent of five children, I am not a racist, my children have married black, hispanic, caucasion, etc. At any given time I have been upset with either them or maybe their spouses and said things in private that did not reflect my opinions of races or equality. Gee, when someone of another race calls me a stupid ass gringa, or white bread or anything else, I do not think they are racist. We say things that we wish we wouldn't have, but he was worried about the family as a whole and the business he has built. In the line of work he is in vulgarity is a part of the language. Fact of life. I do not think arresting someone and saying excuse me, pardon me, please get down young man would work. Duhhh.
I am educated, married to a Physician and well we all make mistakes. The girl is not doing what is good for his son because if she really loved him then she would accept the family and what he does and not be so immature as to go to the press for money. Dog will be there long after she leaves his son.

Brian Tunison:

I'n light of everything that has transpired since his Mexican arrest of a wanted criminal and the way Mexico treated him and his family.We ;the viewer's have been waiting for the return of his '07 series,A&E should stand by him and return him and his family their show.It has been brought to my attention that there is more crime going on on the Islands than just "Ice".So let "Dog" bring back paridise to the words "Hawaiian Paridise".

ashley:

why is everybody so quick to jump. Dog has the right to say what he wants.. you know freedom. But my question is if a black star was speaking to his son or daughter and said dont date a white trash cracker.. would america get mad.. what the difference. How much money did they get for that recording.... One person is trying to make a living and goes and destroys another person living a th comfort of his own home.If you think is going to make me hate dog the bounty hunter. You really wrong.And if anyone says they never said the n word then your crazy... And if dog wants his son to be a certain way then that is his business not nobody elses.. Every parent has their own judgement about their kids. See how much A&E will lose over a personal conversation.

R U Serious?:

You have got to be kidding me! This was a personal conversation in HIS OWN HOME. HE did not know it was being taped...by the way, isn't that against the law? I know on my machine you have to push the record button to record a phone conversation. If that's the case here, someone set him up, knew how to get him fired up, knew what words he might say and pushed the record button. If you ask me, it was probably the girlfriend's idea which proves Dog hit the "nail on the head" when he pinned her as someone that may go run her mouth to get a cash prize. People use the word in movies and black people use the word all the time, but he can't use it at His business or His home? Give me a break. If I'm disappointed in anything it's that he feels he needs to apologize. I say BOYCOT A&E!

Tim:

If you are one of these morons that is blasting the Dog without listening to the tape, you have your points skewed.

Did he say bad things yes, but not to her, and he NEVER called her the N word. He used it, yes.

But I'll be most of you hypocrites have as well.

Furthermore, why should he be punished when african-americans use that kind of language ALL the time. There should be no double standard, although most want one.

Should he have said it, NO, should black people use it in daily speech NO, but it happens, get over it.

Marilyn-Dallas:

First let me begin by stating that I am a black african american woman. And I am no-way offended by what Duane Chapman had to say about the girlfriend of his son. There are people that are the same race but their attitudes, character, and up bringing has a lot to do with what type of human being they are. I could care less about what he called her. I have married outside of my race my family has a rainbow of cultures.
Let Dog The Bounty Hunter be he I who is the low-down dirty person that recorded his private phone conversation. Which one of his sons was this?

Dave Sanders:

Uh oh...I used real NAME!!
I am one of DOG's biggest fans and know he has a "black" pastor of his church and he is a human being having regained his "faith"...As a young man growing up on the south side of Chicago and even later in life I have used the n word many many times however IT is wrong just as the use of a noose is WRONG only due to its connotations of historical nature. As Bill Cosby knows theblack youth use this word only becasue of a lack of education just as I did and used to and maybe when really upset maybe still will....however it still is wrong...We all however needlighten up a bit and remember human weakness as well as all our strengths because with MY education I find WE all bleed red unless of course you also believe blacks cannot be sunburnt....Dog deserves a kick in the ass but not excessive punishment like dumbo with his nappy headed ho remarks...

Dave Sanders:

Uh oh...I used real NAME!!
I am one of DOG's biggest fans and know he has a "black" pastor of his church and he is a human being having regained his "faith"...As a young man growing up on the south side of Chicago and even later in life I have used the n word many many times however IT is wrong just as the use of a noose is WRONG only due to its connotations of historical nature. As Bill Cosby knows theblack youth use this word only becasue of a lack of education just as I did and used to and maybe when really upset maybe still will....however it still is wrong...We all however needlighten up a bit and remember human weakness as well as all our strengths because with MY education I find WE all bleed red unless of course you also believe blacks cannot be sunburnt....Dog deserves a kick in the ass but not excessive punishment like dumbo with his nappy headed ho remarks...

Andy S.:

Who is this guy anyway? I'd never heard of him before, but now his name and his show are plastered all over the media. You know what they say: there's no such thing as bad publicity! Whoever's responsible did this guy a major solid.

west Coast Dave:

As if the 2 double handled mistaken responses wern't enough...MY right to free speech this is for Puffy and Mark specifically in rebuttal...
The 1st Amendment gives us all the right to call others f-ing dog licking bummholes, burn the US flag or even try and disrupt a Veterans funeral....There are consequences however to insensitivities to others...Call me a peaceful person a bunghole and I'll most likely just laugh or spit at you...burn MY flag I'll kick your ass and disrupt a vets funeral and on the jury I'll award 8 million in punative damages...
Try just try going around using the C word, 4 letters to describe any lady and I'll bet you don't last too long in society...limits limits limits.....education !!!
adios....
with passion

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi wave two of posters,

I agree, basically, with everything you've all said. So let me rephrase the question, did A&E just give him a slap, and was it deserved?

Your moderator,
Marianne

jimmy:

white males no longer have the right to free speech, if a black man made these same comments nothing would have every been said. this is sad with the double standard we now have.

hope for all 2006:

YES,I AGREE IT SHOULDNT BEEN SAID,BUT GET OFF IT ALREADY.I AGREE IF HALF THE WORLDS PRIVACY IN OUR OWN HOMES WERE TAPED WE WOULD ALL BE GUILTY OF SOMETHING AND SOME WOULD BE ARRESTED.I DONT THINK HIS SHOW SHOULD BE TAKEN OFF YOUR GOING TO LOSE ALOT OF RATINGS.ALSO I REALLY HOPE THEY FIND OUT WHO VIOLATED HIS PRIVACY AND AS WELL GO AFTER THE PERSONS WHO PUT THIS OUT.ITS HIS HOME THIS AGAINST THE RIGHTS OF THE PRIVACY AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH ACT.OH SOMEONE BESIDES HE WILL BE IN GREAT TROUBLE WHEN IT COMES DOWN TOO IT.LEAVE THIS FAMILY ALONE FOR CRIST SAKE.HE SAID HE WAS SORRY MILLION TIMES OVER BUT IN TODAYS WORLD THATS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH FOR MOST ANYMORE.BUT IF IT WERE 1 OF US WE CERTINALLY WOULD BE PISSED OFF FOR BREACH OF OUR RIGHTS AND PRIVACY IN OUR HOMES ON OUR PHONE.SHAME FOR SHAME.WE FORGIVE HIM IN THE HEAT OF A BAD ARGUMENT WITH HIS SON,YES WRONG BUT SORRY SHOULDNT MAKE IT AVENGENCE.IT SEEMS THAT ALWAYS THE WAY OF ALOT OF PEOPLE TODAY.WHAT ABOUT WHITE PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED SO MANY RACIST NAMES AS WELL AND MOST OF US LAUGH AND NOT CALL IN THE DOGS TO BITE THEM FOR IT.ITS NOT JUST ONE RACE IN THIS WORLD YET WHITES DONT MAKE A HUGE STINK ABOUT THE RACIST REMARKS TO THEM.WE NEVER HEAR OF THIS NOW DO WE.GET OFF IT ALREADY MOVE ON EXCEPT HIS APPOLIGIES AND FOCUS ON OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS IN OUR LIVES TODAY.I CAN SAY A&E WILL LOSE A TON OF RATINGS IF THIS CONTINUES FOR A LONG TERM FOR SURE.MOVE ON PEOPLE,MOVE ON.HOPE FOR ALL 2006!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

K.K.K:

YOU GO DOG! (DAWG)

karl:

WHY IS OK FOR BLACK PEOPLE TO PUT WHITE PEOPLE DOWN AND STAY WHAT THEY WANT? I DONT SEE ANYONE TAKING OPRAH OFF THE AIR AND SHE HAS MADE REMARK'S SO I GUESS THAT IS OK BECAUSE SHE IS BLACK. THE WHITE PEOPLE NEED TO STAND UP BEFORE IT IS TO LATE.BLACK PEOPLE USE THE N WORD ALL THE TIME. I HAVE BLACK FRIEND'S AND THEY CALL EACH OTHER NIGGER ALL THE TIME AND IT IS OK. IF THEY TAKE DOG OFF A&E I WILL TALK TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND MAKE SURE THEY NEVER WATCH A&E AGAIN...

KKK:

KARL - U DUMB SHIT

Marianne Paskowski:

To the third wave of posters,

Let's keep it civil and no more vulgarities, please. I understand how you all feel, but don't let your emotions win over your intellect. This is a serious topic. And most of the comments up here have been thoughtful, and soul searching and well worded. Let's keep it that way. Deal?

Your moderator,
Marianne

WEASEL:

OK, WHAT BUSINESS IS IT OF THE WORLD'S OF WHAT DOG IS SAYING ON THE PHONE AT HIS OWN HOME? WHAT KIND OF SON WOULD DO THAT TO HIS FATHER? AND WHAT IS THE REASON FOR IT BEING OK FOR ONE BLACK PERSON TO CALL ANOTHER BLACK PERSON A "N" ? AND WHY IS IT OK FOR A BLACK PERSON TO REFER TO WHOTER PEOPLE AS "CRACKER" OR "HONKIE" AND THAT IS NOT BEING RACIST? ANYWAY, I WANT TO KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY CHARGES AGAINST THE SON FOR RECORDING THE CONVERSATION AND INVASION OF PRIVACY? AND AS FOR THE SON THAT DID THIS, HEAVEN HELP YOU WHEN YOUR BROTHERS GET AHOLD OF YOU!

Andy S.:

Well, Marianne, that'll teach you to ask for commentary that involves a hot-button issue. Even on a site like this, which is supposed to be about the TV business, you wind up attracting the kind of apoplectics who are used to ranting amongst their own on the more "political" blogs. It's a shame that we can't have a sane, reasoned conversation on topics such as this in America today. It's a big reason why I worry about our democracy. Too many people simply can't handle listening to other's opinions without trying to shout them down and chase them from the room. Screaming, ranting and waving your arms won't solve any problems or change anyone's views. It just leads to the blog equivalent of a bad Jerry Springer chair-throwing episode. I thought on a site like this we could do better; I guess I was wrong.

Jose:

Freedom of speech, I agree totally with it, however, sponsors, TV Stations airing your programs don't have to attach themselves to celebrities who violate certain standards, that in some cases, like this one, happened in private. Long after the show is done, there will still be an A&E, and they don't have to put up with the repercussions or fallout if they support this type of conduct, private or not.
They are a private corporation and can do what they want.
In this case, they will no longer be filming DOG, The Bounty Hunter", I can guarantee you that.
They will run like all the sponsors took off from Michael Vick...Private or not, not good for business and THAT IS THE BOTTOM LINE in business.
Book IT!!!

Rick:

The "n" word is an unpleasant thing to use or hear, but so is the term "cracker." Rappers almost everywhere use the "n" word freely when referring to their own race. I certainly don't go around calling other white people "cracker". But let's face it: for the most part people have freedom of speech. I say "for the most part" because I had to pay a $148.00 citation for disturbing the peace when I openly cursed someone out in public and they called the police and filed charges. So freedom of speech isn't always free.

As far as Dog's show, wire tapping is illegal except when a) the person knows his/her call is being recorded or b) it used by law enforcement with a signed warrant or other document as such. Whoever gave the tape to the National Enquirer should face charges of illegal wire tapping.

Keep Dog on. If he has apologized openly, that should be enough. Respect his right of privacy and his freedom of speech. If anyone should be angry, it should be his son because Dog direspected the son's girlfriend. I saw Jesse Jackson speak when I was a teenager and he put down white people openly (of course this is 27 years ago.) We all screw up sometime.

Rick:

I just finished hearing the tape that has caused such an uproar. Yes, I agree that Dog comes across as a racist. However, he still has a right to his own opinion, no matter how much someone such as myself disagrees. I heard a lot of the same words come from my father when I was a teenager. I went to a 95% African-American school and my girlfriend was black back then. My daughter dates a young black gentleman who treats her better than her previous caucasian and hispanic boyfriends. Besides, you can't dictate someone's feelings to them. If the do fall for someone who is outside of their race, it is my opinion that you look at the suitors character and not their color.

HOPE FOR ALL 206:

I HAVE TOO SAY THAT IM REALLY PROUD OF EVERYTHING I'V READ FROM EVERYONES THOUGHTS ON THIS ISSUE.EVERYONE ONE HERE HAS SOME GREAT STRAIGHT OUT COMMON SENSE.OTHERS HAVE TO REALLY THINK BEFORE THEY MAKE ANY COMMENTS AND THEY DONT.I HAVENT SEEN THAT HERE.HOWEVER I HAVE READ SOME VERY NASTY COMMENTS ON OTHER BLOGS THAT THE PEOPLE WHO WROTE THEM HAVE NO COMMON SENSE WHATS SO EVER.EVEN THIS MORNING ON FOX NEWS AL SHARPTON SAID HE WAS DISAPOINTED BUT THIS WAS A PRIVATE CONVERSATION AND YES IT WAS VERY WRONG AND WOULD EXCEPT HIS APPOLOGIES AND SPEAK WITH HIM AND ITS VERY DIFFERANT FROM PEOPLE SAYING IT WAS WORSE THAN WHAT DON IMUS HAS SAID,HE SAID NO ITS NOT IT WASNT USED ON THE JOB,OR SAID OUT IN PUBLIC THIS WAS WRONG AND STUPID BUT IT WAS IN THE PRIVACY OF HIS OWN HOME.SHAME ON HIS SON TO DO THIS TO HIS FAMILY'S LIVLY HOOD FOR ONE,FOR 2 GIRL FRIENDS AND OTHERS COME AND GO BUT FAMILY REMAINS FOREVER.I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHATS HIS SON GOING TO DO WHEN THERE NOT TOGETHER ANYMORE? AS FAR AS THE DOG AND HIS FAMILY WE STILL LOVE THEM AND EXCEPT HIS APPOLOGIES AND WILL CONTINUE OUR SURPORT AS ALWAYS.MY AFRICAN AMERICAN FRIEND THAT WE KNOW SAYS IT DIDNT AFFEND THERE FAMILY AND IT WAS A PRIVATE CALL IN HIS HOME AND AS LONG AS SOME OF THERE RACE KEEPS THE TORCH ALIVE IT WILL NEVER CHANGE.IM SO PROUD OF THEM.PERHAPSE WE CAN GET THESE POSTS AND PUT THEM ON THE ONES WHO ARE IGNORANT AND LOVE WHEN SOMEONE IS BASHED IN ANYWAY.SOME LIVE FOR THIS KIND OF CRAP BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO.YOU KNOW IN MY EXSPREIENCE I WAS CALLED WHITE TRASH BY A DIFFERANT RACE AND I JUST LAUGHED BECAUSE THIS PERSON IS THE KIND THAT DONT KNOW WHAT OTHER WORDS THERE ARE IN HUMAN LANGUAGE.THAT ALL STEMED IN MY CASE BECAUSE I BECAME VERY DISABLED FROM A ACCIDENT NO FALT OF MINE AND WAS SERIOUSLY HURT WITH SPINAL CORD AND SEVERE SPINE INJURIES AND GOT DISABILITY AND SHE COULDNT GET WELL FARE.THATS NOT MY FAULT BUT SHE WAS JUST SO ANGRY AT THEM SHE TOOK IT OUT ON ME IN MY WHEEL CHAIR AND IM VERY YOUNG AND INCOPASATATED FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.I JUST TOLD HER SHE REALLY SHOULD BE ASHAMED TO TAKE HER ANGER OUT ON ME.WELL IM GLAD TO SEE THAT THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO HAVE COMMON SENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [HOPE FOR ALL 2007]

Robert:

Personally, I don’t like dog the bounty hunter, but to ruin a man’s career over a word, I don’t think so.
Personally, what offend me is when people take our Lord’s name in vain. This should offend every Christian and God fearing person, as it does me. Like our Lord said, it not what goes in the month that defiles a man, but every word that comes out. And that’s all I got to say. Good bye.

Wow. I'm shocked at all of the people who have confused "Freedom of Speech" with "Freedom from Criticism".

The right to hold and express an opinion is not being suppressed when others criticize or disassociate. You can say what you want, but you cannot force others to subsidize said expression or provide you a forum in which to express your views.

Yes, Dog has a right to free expression.

And A&E has a right to decide not to provide him access to their platform.

Those willfully confusing the two need to drop the emotion and hero-worship of the man and start grasping these simple, basic concepts.

Cliff:

I think this is really the Dog's family problem. I heard it was his own son that released the tape to the media. Family sabotage is the name of the game.

Some folks need to lay off the caps lock. We are not working on terminals to mainframes anymore.

Thanks

selena:

Really it's to each it's own. I'm an african american I really liked his show. I didn't get offended reason being it wasn't said to me. Yes he was wrong but let the truth be told we all have a little bit of racism in us. Suspending his show was crazy. Let the viewers decide if they would continue to watch him because it's all about the rating. If none watch the show it'll get cut. So put it back on. He have to live with this. All that bout him speaking with people like Al Sharpton, what do you need their approval for. The damage has been done. Move on and try to gain people respect and trust back.

selena:

Really it's to each it's own. I'm an african american I really liked his show. I didn't get offended reason being it wasn't said to me. Yes he was wrong but let the truth be told we all have a little bit of racism in us. Suspending his show was crazy. Let the viewers decide if they would continue to watch him because it's all about the rating. If none watch the show it'll get cut. So put it back on. He have to live with this. All that bout him speaking with people like Al Sharpton, what do you need their approval for. The damage has been done. Move on and try to gain people respect and trust back.

A&E is a business. If they think Dog's scandal will hurt their bottomline, they'll take action. They would be remiss in their responsibilities to their ownership if they didn't.

And I don't blame them. They owe him nothing and he has been paid well for his product in the past.

A simple lesson to draw from this is don't attempt to manipulate your children for racist reasons and your children won't have stories to sell to the National Enquirer. Seems pretty simple to me.

It's big boy and big girl time.

viola mullins:

I agree, this was a personnal conversation between father and son and it's nobody's business, who ever taped the conversation should be in trouble they had no right to do this without dogs knowledge, thats invation of privacy, and that my dear is illegal.

Viola:

Dog called his son - so his privacy was not invaded.

Two, he threatened his son's employment on the basis of his son's girlfriend's racial classification - a violation of employment law.

Further, "my dear," it is not illegal in all 50 states to tape record a conversation - especially an unsolicited phone call to you.

Lisa Marie:

Hey Marianne,

You posted on another page about deleting my post because I criticized your article which wasn't correct and had errors. I hope that the "Dog" can simply delete his criticizers like you, and deleted your post. Do I think he was wrong? NO, not at all. I don't filter myself when I am talking to family and friends, and nor do I think he should. Everyone is alittle racist. Show me someone who isn't, and I will show you proof that there were weapons of mass destruction in IRAQ. This site is crap, and I am not even sure why I want to add to it.

Thanks for the crap!

Lisa Marie

sandi:

What about the comment a male reporter made saying DOG looked like a dead cowboy and other degrading comments.he's no better.

Sandi:

And? Is that a feeble attempt to make this scandal go away? Take it up with the reporter and his network.

Chapman is not exonerated by the fact there is an idiot reporter out there.

MARI:

I THINK THAT WHAT HAPPEN IT WAS BETWEEN HIM AND HIS SON. THAT WAS A PERSONAL CONVERSATION BETWEEN THEM. WHO EVER RECORDED THEM THEY WERE REALLY DESPERATE FOR MONEY. AND SUSPENDING THE SHOW IS NOT THE ANSWER.THERE ARE WORST THINGS OUT THEIR IN WHICH SHOULD BE LOOKED AT AND IS BEING COVERED.BY THE WAY WHO ARE WE TO POINT FINGER AT ANYONE.HAVE YOU EVER BEEN PERFECT YOURSELVES??? HE NOTICED HIS MISTAKE AND IS APOLIGIZING.BUT IF GOD DOES NOT JUGE US WHO ARE WE TO JUGE...BEFORE POINTING FINGER AT SOMEONE TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT YOURSELVES AND ASK AM I PERFECT AND IMAGINE IF IT WAS YOU AND YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER AND IF SOMEONE DID THIS TO YOU...WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO,SEEK THE LORD WHAT EVERYBODY SHOULD DO. AND MINED YOUR OWN BUSINESS...

Hey Mari:

Taking your logic to the ultimate conclusion, why care about anything?

There is always something worse. Be quiet. Never speak up. Never criticize. Never care.

So then,

Why did you post here?

Why comment on the money for the tape?

Why are you yelling?

You sure don't sound convincing with regard to the alleged unimportance of this topic to you...

all up in yo mouth!!!!!:

every body that comment on this article is stupid

OCTAROON:

If you think Dog was upset about his son dating a black woman, he will be absolutely rabid if he becomes a grandfather by this woman!!

RUTH:

I THINK THAT HIS SON JUST RECEIVED HIS INHERITANCE! HE SOLD OUT HIS FATHER FOR A FEW PIECES OF SILVER.

Get Real:

I am as big of a first amendment advocate as anyone. But, with all due respect, this is NOT a first amendment issue. Dog had the right to say what he said and he had a right to expect that it was and would remain private.

A company also has the right, with certain limitations, to choose who works for it and what type of conduct it will support. When talent becomes immediately recognizable as one of the "faces of your brand," A&E's management has an obligation to review whether it chooses to continue its association.

If it was me, I would choose not to have someone with a serious issue regarding race continue to be a focal point of the A&E brand. His comments and actions are entirely contrary to the corporate values they have built over 30 years and the classy brand that they have created. This is a hard, economically painful decision for A&E. Don't diss them, applaud them for standing for a more equal world and being willing to put principle above profits.

Ruth:

I'm betting his son cares about more than just the little bit of money NE paid. I'm guessing he was more concerned about selling out his own beliefs just to appease his racist father.

There was a serious principle involved - that of not bowing and scraping before overt racism.

Perhaps you would do the same thing Dog did to his kid? Threaten his job and throw him out over the skin color of his girlfriend?

Would you do that to your child? Is that noble? Is that loving? Do you endorse such behaviour?

Marianne Paskowski:

Time out here, let's think about what Get Real wrote. The posting is a note of clarity, not emotion, on the subject, shedding light on what A&E did. Read it and think.

Meanwhile, keep sharing and stay away from the caps lock key, please, it's shouting.

Your moderator is watching,
Marianne

Rickey C. Cooper:

I am reading some people here indicating that Dog can say what he wants on his own personal time. Which He Can. But when Bill Clinton did things on his own time THEY WANTED TO IMPEACH HIM!....And may I SAY it was a personal matter between him and his wife just like it was with Dog and his Son. So yeah let him fly....C ya down da road Trash.......what he looked like anyway...And most white folks know that is trash looking. I know what good looking white folk look like and Dog and good looking white folk. he's in the trash category in the white race. And you know it.....My Wife is good looking white folk.....NOW, HOW U LIKE ME NOW......

Edward Davis:

No one should use the N-word not even black people. I am a black male and I would not and do not use it. I dont care if he was in his own home talking to his son about a private family matter.

A&E great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Edward Davis:

For the person who is hiding behind the name of K.K.K. you is a punk if you really have the balls to speak up you would put your name. Also, for people who are not white to say I black friends no you dont you just hanging out with them to try to say you like black people but really you dont. The dog was wrong and he had no business to say what he had said. I love everyone white, blacks, Jews, everyone there is one races and that is the human races. We are just another color. Just like a car. You may have a black, red, blue car but they all do the same thing.

Just an Opinion:

While I feel the N word is very disrespectful and downgrading and no one should use it, I also think that loosing a television show over it is a bit over the edge. Especailly, since it was done in a private conversation. I also wonder why I can not listen to a rap song these days without hearing people of african ethnicity calling there old friends and family just that. My question is why is it racist for those of none african decent to use the word but perfectly ok for african americans to call each other? I have seen the show several times and everytime Dog arrests people of many different races. I have never seen him treat any of them different than the others. In fact he treats them far better than they probably deserve! People need to mind there own business and leave others to there own privacy from time to time! We all have said things we regret and he apologized. Give hima break, i think he has done enough good things for people to erase one wrong word.

Get Real:

Marianne:

Thanks for reading and avoiding undue caps and punctuation. By the tenure of the replies, race remains a very difficult issue for many. Keep bringing the issues that force people to think about the values we stand for as people, as media executives and as companies given the great priviege of creating programming for people al around the Globe.

tiger:

What I just love about Dog is his GODLY manner he uses. I have watched the show and heard I going to f..k you up boy. I am going to kill you b...h.
And I just love how the law doesn't apply to them.
For example Mexico has a law outlawing bounty hunting, but what did Dog and his band of wierdo's do, they went to Mexico and bounty hunted. Just broke the Law in Mexico and wondered
why they too was arrested. Then they just didn't bother going back and facing the charges against them, and the US marshalls arrested them for failure to appear to a Mexican magistrate, how embarrasing for a bounty hunter. Can't do the time don't do the crime...right dog.

tiger:

And yes I would suspend the show even if it was a private conversation that was overheard. This day
and age A & E has an obligation to insure this idiot (DOG the bounty hunter) isn't saying this stuff while they are filming the show. What he says when the filming crew is gone for the season
is his business, but while your under contract and filming is going on your owned. Ever see the show where his son beats the hell out of a hotel owner that tells them to leave his property and the cops come. Yeah Dog and his crew their GODS chosen...right.

star:

i think A&E IS WRONG TO SUSPEND DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER,HE HAD A PRIVATE PHONE CONVERSATION WITH HIS SON,WHO BY THE WAY IS THE ONE WHO PUT IT UP ON THE INTERNET !!!!THE SON WHO DID TIME IN HONOLULU STATE PRISON FOR SETTING UP PROSTITUTES AND THEN HAVING THE GIRLS CALL HIM AND HIS BUDDIES TO COME UP TO THE ROOMS AND ROB THE SO CALLED JOHNS,WITH A GUN , HIGH ON ICE....,YES DOG DID DO TIME IN A TEXAS STATE PRISON BECAUSE HIS BUDDIES KILLED SOMEONE ,DOG WAS NOT INVOLVED IN IT,BUT AS YOU KNOW YOU ARE JUST AS GUILTY AS THE PERSON WHO PULLED THE TRIGGER,ACCESSORY????DOG SAID HE WAS SORRY,HE MEANT NOTHING TO HURT ANYONE NO MATTER WHAT RACE !!! SO STOP ALL YOUR IGNORANT ATTITUDES.THERE IS SO MUCH CRAP OUT THERE ABOUT ,PEOPLE TALKING CRAP ABOUT EVERY RACE.A&E IS WAY OVER THE EDGE.DON'T KNOW IF ITS EVEN WORTH WATCHING IT ANY MORE.

Marianne Paskowski:

Update:

Check this out for another new posting her on Dog. It's http://www.tvweek.com/blogs/marianne-paskowski/

Should get you to the latest news on which sponsors pulled out already.

Marianne

Dave Sanders:

WOW...getting hostile?
Lighten up everyone and the world will be a much better place....
I kind of remember something someone taught me in a galxy long long and far far away...
"sticks and stones will break my bones BUT names will never hurt me"...wow we were much smarter as kids?? eh?
Dog here has a much deeper family issue to deal with and needs love in his family back....
I still support him as he has aologized....we are a forgiving nation as previous wars and misdeeds have proven so....move on lighten up
ALL RACES......no nooses, no hoods, no stix and stones.
West Coast Dave
Only the radical libs and goofey neo-cons shout down others because they can't show intellect.

From what I have been reading out there of all comments all over the web about 95% of all the ranters and ravers out are also RACISTS or are they? This is such a heated topic just shows that names and slurs will come out of most people. Lots of hypocrites. You can make a strong argument without all the name calling.But I guess when the showdown comes, We all show our true colors.

Christian sister :

Why is this even an issue! It is ok for Bill Cosby to say on Oprah "I thought I was talking to my people". I was very offended by the whole conversation that took place between Oprah and Bill. Who is my people? Should I demand that Oprah be taken off the air? WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, SHOULD DECIDE TO TAKE THIS WORD COMPLETELY OUT OF ANY USE OR NOT. This is not suppose to be a divided country. White as well as black have lost their lives and demanded to be equal. Where is the equality; when one American can use a word but American can't. This country has lost their minds. Dr. Phil who started on Oprah should have back a Christian brother. I feel that if a word is used and suggested to be taught in our Schools as a language then how can Dog have done anything wrong? Is it incorrect only if used by a white person? Please explain to me how one person can use this word and another person IS not be able to say it. I am very confused. I think that Smokey Robinson said it best in his poem! Who is to now decide what is right and what is wrong? You can't play two sides of the fence, and then dare someone that is not of the same race to say the same word! NOW THIS IS DISCRIMINATION! How can people of the US continue to be this lead around by their noses. We have watched this man as a Christian help many of all raceS. I am totally sick of sitting back and watching double standards. Why aren't you!

Hey listen up all you DOG fans out there.........It has been announced that DOG is getting sued by tuckers girlfriend for the trap they laid for him. With this being said I guess the only way we can help him now is to go to his website and buy up his stuff. He is really going to need money for a good lawyer. SO Please HELP. And whatever you do, DO Not Buy It From A&E HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

were wolf:

I guess Dog is stuck in the Dog Pound now good luck Dog watch out in the Dog Pooooooooooound LOL.

Christian Sister:

What racial slurs would Jesus defend? Which racial slurs would he use?

I'm guessing none.

So why are you defending Dog's use of such evil words?

Just because a minority (meaning not all) black Americans use the word that doesn't make it right.

Quit making excuses. Dog was wrong and as a Christian you ought to know better than to defend the outrageous hatred that word represents. Have you actually listened to the recordings? You should do so before commenting further as what you are defending in the name of Christ is quite repugnant and non-Christian behaviour.

As far as blacks being so affended by the N word they should get over it and rise above it and quit looking for excuses to sue the white man.And if you defend this action of tucker and his girl then you cant see beyond your noses. Any rational human being can see this was a setup fromm the getgo. Look at history and see what was done to the american indian but you didnt see him rolling on the ground yellin poor pitiful me give me all your money. He was much too proud for that. He got up and brushed himself off and made his on way. And as far as Im concerned he is the true american for whom I have the utmost respect. And something else DOG was not racist in his private conversation. He was only right that he smelled a rat.

RESPECT MUST BE EARNED

Kathy:

Dog is being sued about slanderous statements made about the woman during his TV attempts at rehabilitation. She did not sue him over his enthusiastic use of racial slurs on the phone.

Get it straight!

And as far as your support for Dog's use of racial slurs goes, I guess that must be how you were raised.

Respect is indeed earned. And I have zero respect for someone who thinks racial slurs are okey-dokey.

James L You are as oblivious as all the others out there only hearing one word.Obiously your radar is limited. Since you didnt even hear ITS NOT BECAUSE SHES BLACK every one go back and see if you can see or hear this. In this instance it meant being what one's capable of. So dont be taking the word out of context will you. And if you can put all the clues together you'll also see he was on the same page with Lyssa meaning charcter. So many people sre so dumb that they can't read between the lines and get the whole picture. RADAR only picks up "N"

And you know what else I think a lot of you are just playing dumb for revenge.

What are you talking about Kathy?

The word is a racial slur. Dog even admitted his use of the word would be viewed as such in his phone call. He then went and called such in anger.

So now, for some strange reason, you are just making excuses for racism.

Perhaps because you like using the word too?

Or you just have problems with people who are black?

Or you are just crushing on the Dog because you find him attractive?

Or some other nasty affliction?

Dog admitted he was wrong and that his use of that racial slur was wrong, but for some reason you seeem in a major hurry to validate his use of such racial slurs.

Hmmm. The mind boggles...

What are you talking about Kathy?

The word is a racial slur. Dog even admitted his use of the word would be viewed as such in his phone call. He then went and called such in anger.

So now, for some strange reason, you are just making excuses for racism.

Perhaps because you like using the word too?

Or you just have problems with people who are black?

Or you are just crushing on the Dog because you find him attractive?

Or some other nasty affliction?

Dog admitted he was wrong and that his use of that racial slur was wrong, but for some reason you seeem in a major hurry to validate his use of such racial slurs.

Hmmm. The mind boggles...

James Land just like I stated before you can only hear "N"

And on top of that you probably have nightmares about it. Dang I feel so sorry for you. You must be listening so hard so you can try to get some money too.................

Dog used racial slurs. Dog was afraid of said use of racial slurs being made public. Dog threatened the son's job over the race of his girlfriend. Dog angrily referred to son's girlfriend with the racial slur after claiming not to use the word in such a fashion only a minute or so earlier.

Kathy - in total Kool Aid drinker fashion - claims it is not about race and commands black individuals to "get over it", yet Dog, contradicting Kathy, specifically referred to the girlfriend's racial heritage when using said racial slurs.

James points this out - again.

Kathy, in a bizarre move counters with "nightmares" and "N." ???

The truth is the truth, whether Kathy wishes to pretend otherwise or not. Again, for those who are a little slow on the uptake, Dog admitted to using racial slurs, being afraid that said use of racial slurs would become public and referred to his girlfriend by such racial slurs, which he had just claimed he didn't do. Kathy wants to pretend that didn't happen. Kathy says black individuals should stop "being so affended by the N word," that "they should get over it" and "quit looking for excuses to sue the white man."

Sounds remarkably like white racialist apologia for the use of disgusting racial slurs to me.

Here's an idea. Stop using racial slurs. Stop threatening to fire people over the race of their girlfriend. Stop crying crocodile tears when busted. Perhaps then there will be nothing to "get over" or be "affended by."

How about that? Yeah, that sounds like a nifty doggone plan to me.

It is interesting that Kathy brought up the "money" issue again with relation to the tapes.

Since she apparently can't comprehend it, and so that others reading don't believe the hype.

Chapman's girlfriend is not suing over the tape or use of racial slurs. 'Kay? Got it? Sorry, Kathy that is a complete and utter lie and you need to stop.

Chapman's girlfriend is suing over the slander Dog has been committing on her on TV talk shows since the tapes were released. Even Dog has since admitted that he never met or spoke to her. Yet, he is apparently such an authority on her life that he can make specific claims about her on television.

For those with basic reading comprehension skills and at least an IQ of 50, there is a world of difference between suing over a tape recording of a phone call and suing over slander committed with willful intent to damage her character before millions on television.

This is so easy to understand I'm surprised I had to explain it.

AS far I'm concerned I could easily have that opinion of her without all this mess knowing that she is with a druggie himself and a jailbird. If I want a squeaky clean rep I do not hang with that kind of people because Ive heard long ago that birds of a feather flock together so I do not see how she would have the right to sue about that either. And what about that old saying you are known about the company you keep. So you must be one of those highly educated blacks I guess? Gee how nice of you to enlighten me so why dont you stop? MR.LANDRITH Hope it is not a slur to still say blacks. Since we whites have lost our freedom of speech

DOG had to admit to racial slurs and crawl on his belly because blacks cry out he a racist thats why.Have you forgotten that whites are now the minority anytime you folk can take us thru the wringer we are the MINORITY. All you have to do is stir up the shit and it all comes down on top of us.

You black people also need to get a life and come out of the slavery days already its 2007 if you want so much respect you need to quit pushing us around. But no your on your high horses now that you rub our noses in the ground we will forever pay for what our forfathers did and enough is enough already

I must say goodbye to you now mr.James before you push my buttons like tucker and whats her name did to DOG.

From Kathy - "you black people..."

That about says it all with regard to where she is coming from.

Racial collectivism has officially reared it's very ugly head.

Shameful.

Wow. Kathy went all kinds of white supremacist whiner here tonight.

Both fascinating and shameful at the same time.

At what does any of this have to do with my skin color (not black, by the way)?

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi All,
Your moderator is back from doing other things, like attending a town planning commission meeting. I did check in with A&E today, earlier, status quo on suspension, no word expected soon.

Thought you would like to know.

Be good,
Marianne

I agree with a lot of people on other posts that I've read on other websites. Tucker needs to go back to prison for selling his father out for a few pieces of silver and let the cons take care of him the way they do all SNITCHES and RATS!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow. Kathy wants Tucker to go to jail for LEGALLY selling a tape in Hawaii. Look up the law Kathy, taping the call was legal. So was selling it.

No crime committed. Sorry.

I wonder what Jeremy Oliver would think about Kathy's love of the Dog. I'd ask him, but unfortunately, he's still dead.

Lot of white folk out there have jungle fever makin sure I never get it sure wouldnt want to sell another white person our like tucker did

Wow. And the Kathy White Power train plows on!

Fascinating to watch a person pull back the covers and show what is really in their heart.

Kudos to you Kathy for admitting your support for Dog is based on your mutual racism.

kbab:

Black folk know how to put a hoo-doo voo-doo on your ass.

kbab = kathy?

Interesting that both of them posted with "http://verizon.net/" as their url.

Methinks Kathy has turned troll...

Syill waiting for the day tucker gets in prison by the cons before he gets wiped out some black con make his rear-end sore be fore settling the score kathy kbab

I meant still instead of syili

Wow. Kathy thinks rape is a good thing.

I find it appalling myself, but hey, what do expect from someone whose hero is a violent, convicted murderer, who had also been arrested for over a dozen armed robberies.

It is like a train wreck - disturbing, but I can't turn away.

And also I wish people would quit taking all this out on Beth and Lyysa when they had nothing to do with all this crap. They are being called evry name in the book.

What goes around comes around and nothing they do to tuckers sorry ass would ever be good enough and pay the debt. What he did was total betrayal and in the end he will regret selling out his inheritance.

Marianne Paskowski:

Comment from Moderator,

Forgot to mention this, last night I went to an thought provoking Anti-Defamation League meeting to build chapters across America about dealing with prejudice. The program is called "No Place for Hate."

Interesting, how we all have stereotypical forms of racism. Think about that. I know you are, I am, too judging from some very sobering comments up here.

So let's be respectful on one another, we all come from different places,

Marianne

Kathy,

You really need to back off the pro-rape comments.

It is not helping your cause.

The last two comments I made were not about rape Ha Ha thats how smart you think you are.

Aidios Im out of here going where the comments are not double standard and one-sided

Kathy:

How old are you?

I'm just asking because you appear to be a little naive and quite childish in the way you post. If you are a minor, such behaviour is not appropriate. If you are an adult, you should know better.

Care to elaborate?

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