The Dog has hit hard times.
A&E has pulled the plug on Duane “The Dog” Chapman’s long-running and endlessly awesome reality show “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” The news comes after a number of controversies have surrounded the Chapman family.
According to a statement, the family and the network were unable to come to an agreement on an additional season prior to A&E’s decision to cancel the show. If renewed, the show would have been in its ninth season.
"This has been a great ride for 8 seasons and we would not be where we are today but for our loyal and dedicated fans,” the statement read.
The family will instead “start a new chapter” in their lives. An announcement of what exactly that means is expected soon.
“Dog the Bounty Hunter” followed the family’s bounty hunting business. Chapman headed a family member team of fugitive recovery agents as they tracked criminals across Hawaii and Colorado.
The show was initially a spin-off of a segment of the short-lived “Take This Job,” where viewers first fell in love with Dog’s strange profession and even stranger wardrobe choices.
This isn’t the only bad news that’s struck the Chapmans recently. Emails were sent to the family in April containing terrifying and obscene death threats.
A spokesperson for the family told Hollyscoop that Dog and the rest of the family plan to “prosecute to the full extent of the law” once those responsible for the threats are tracked down.
More tragedy hit when Dog’s son Tucker sold audio of Dog using the “n-“ word repeatedly to the National Inquirer.
Dog has since apologized for his racist language on “Larry King” in 2007.
Despite all the drama, the reality action star assures Hollyscoop that he’ll be alright, ending his statement with “you can't keep a good Dog down."