LOS ANGELES, CA — 03/06/08 — Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Founder and President of BOND, the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, issued the following statement today congratulating Duane “Dog” Chapman and his fans on the news that plans are in the works to resume production of the hit show “Dog The Bounty Hunter.” A&E suspended the show on October 31 after a tape of Duane using a racial slur to describe his son’s girlfriend was sold to the Enquirer. Since the incident, Duane Chapman has worked closely with conservative black organizations such as BOND and CORE to reach out to the black community. The following is Rev. Peterson’s statement about this developing story:
“Congratulations to Duane Chapman and his family. Duane is not a racist. We are happy to learn that A&E is planning to resume production of ‘Dog The Bounty Hunter,’ which should have never been suspended. We asked his fans to take action and they called, e-mailed and stood up for him in droves to let the network know they were displeased with the decision. Since the suspension of his show, Duane and his wife Beth have reached out and generously given their time and financial support to help inner city kids. Over Christmas, the Chapmans hosted two successful charity toy giveaway events. They also donated copies of Duane’s book ‘You Can Run But You Can’t Hide’ with all the proceeds going to charity.
“We are especially pleased that Duane sought out BOND to advise him and offer guidance. There is no doubt that the Chapmans’ situation was improved by his refusal to bow and scrape to the usual race hustlers. Duane’s fans are eagerly awaiting his return. Congratulations to A&E for making the right decision.”
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is the Founder and President of BOND, the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny. He’s also the host of “The Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show.” For more information, visit www.bondinfo.org