'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Canceled by A&E

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By Vincent Funaro, Christian Post Reporter
May 22, 2012|4:34 pm

The reality television series "Dog the Bounty Hunter" has been canceled by A&E, the station that it has aired on since its premier in 2004.

The show followed Duane "Dog" Chapman and his family while they underwent the various trials of the bounty hunting business.

A&E did not cite a specific reason for canceling the reality series, however, the show came under fire last year when Hoang Minh Phung Nguyen sued Chapman and his crew for defamation.

The suit states that Chapman's crew accused Nguyen of firing a gun at them, eventually leading to his arrest and termination from his job. He was forced to relocate after this.

"Dog the Bounty Hunter" also had its fair share of internal issues in recent years with Leland and Duane Lee Chapman departing from the show and severing ties with their family.

A&E began airing "Dog the Bounty Hunter" in 2004 and the series went on to last for eight seasons. It is actually a spin-off from another A&E show "Take This Job," a series that was about people with unusual occupations, where Duane "Dog" Chapman made an appearance.

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Chapman is also a professed Christian and he frequently expressed his faith during the show as he tried to reach some of the criminals he hunted with the gospel after he had them in his custody.

He's also written two books including You Can Run But You Can't Hide in 2007 and Where Mercy is Shown Mercy is Given in 2010. The first is an autobiography that tells the story of Chapman's life and how he went from being in prison to becoming a believer in Christ, while the second continues that story and focuses on the impact Christianity has had on his life.

 

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