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.