Dog The Bounty Hunter Is Due Back This Summer

HONOLULU — Bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman’s TV show will return to the air this summer, months after it was pulled when the reality star used a racial slur in a profanity-laced tirade.

Filming has begun on the fifth season, according to executives with A&E, the cable network that broadcast “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” Reruns of the show will start June 25, with new episodes, including ones from the fourth season that have not previously aired, coming a few weeks later.

The show features Chapman and crew chasing down bail jumpers in Hawaii and other states. It was pulled from the air in November when Chapman was heard in a taped phone conversation using a racial slur in reference to his son’s girlfriend, who is black.

The Chapman family, A&E executives and a representative from a civil rights organization were part of a carefully choreographed news conference to announce the relaunch of the show.

The message: Chapman deserves a second chance.

“It’s not about ratings,” A&E spokesman Michael Feeney said. “We know his heart. We know him and know he’s not a racist.”

Scott Lonker, vice president of nonfiction and alternative programming at A&E, said viewer demand for the show also weighed in the decision.

Niger Innis, national chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality, said Chapman’s use of the racial slur was wrong. But he noted that Chapman “took ownership of the harm it caused” and “sought to turn his life around.”

Alphonso Braggs, Hawaii chapter president of the NAACP, disagreed, saying Chapman got off lightly for behavior that is “absolutely unacceptable.”

“If individuals see they are able to behave inappropriately with little or no consequence, they will continue that pattern,” he said.

Chapman, in his trademark sunglasses and badge, signed a copy of his book, “You Can Run But You Can’t Hide” at the media-only event and said he was “ashamed” by his comments. He said he has received counseling and reached out to blacks, speaking at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event and participating in a toy drive.

“There was one perfect person, and they called him Jesus Christ,” Chapman said. “You have to … realize that everyone is human, and you can err.”

His wife, Beth, said her husband’s use of the racial slur was not a reflection of the family’s feelings and vowed it would not set them back.

“We’re Chapmans, and we’re fighters,” she said. “And brother, we’re not going to settle in our setbacks. We’re going to have a comeback

More On C.O.R.E. Who Support Dog’s Return To TV

C O R E is the acronym for the Congress Of Racial Equality.

Dog and Beth with C.O.R.E. Staff

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Founded in 1942, CORE is the third oldest and one of the “Big Four” civil rights groups in the United States. From the protests against “Jim Crow” laws of the 40’s through the “Sit-ins” of the 50’s, the “Freedom Rides” of the 60’s, the cries for “Self-Determination” in the 70’s, “Equal Opportunity” in the 80’s, community development in the 90’s, to the current demand for equal access to information, CORE has championed true equality. As the “shock troops” and pioneers of the civil rights movement, CORE has paved the way for the nation to follow.

Under the banner of “TRUTH! LOGIC! & COURAGE!”, CORE continues to promote harmony and healing in all aspects of society; calling the shots straight–even when it hurts–and confronting the haters, race baiters and racial racketeers bent on keeping us apart.

CORE’s National Headquarters is located in New York City. From there a network of local affiliates and chapters radiate across the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Central and South America.

Membership in CORE is open to anyone who believes that “all people are created equal” and is willing to work towards the ultimate goal of true equality throughout the world.

CORE’s Status:

The Congress of Racial Equality is officially classified as a philanthropic omnibus human rights organization. The parent organization, Congress of Racial Equality, Inc. (CORE, Inc.) is a not-for-profit corporation in good standing with the State of New York. Its flagship chapter–NY CORE–serves as host for the national organization and enjoys a 501(C)3 status with the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions to CORE are tax deductible as allowed by law. CORE, Inc. is a 501(C)4 organization under the guidelines of the Federal Government.

In addition to the traditional classifications shared by most philanthropic groups, CORE was the first civil rights organization in this country to have been awarded a special non-governmental consultative status (NGO) at the United Nations. CORE’s is currently assign to two of the United Nations’ most prestigious departments– the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESCO).

CORE’s Mission:

CORE seeks to establish, in practice, the inalienable right for all people to determine their own destiny–to decide for themselves what social and political organizations can operate in their best interest and to do so without gratuitous and inhibiting influence from those whose interest is diametrically opposed to theirs. CORE feels that the most important fundamental freedom for all people is the right to govern themselves. Once this simple ideal is realized, other necessary freedoms will automatically follow.

In essence, CORE’s aim is to bring about equality for all people regardless of race, creed, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background. In pursuing its aim, CORE seeks to identify and expose acts of discrimination in the public and private sectors of society. When such an act is uncovered, CORE, with its many multi-service departments, goes into action.

CORE Today:

CORE has established an impeccable record of finding solutions to the most difficult problems facing minorities; formulating the most pragmatic positions on important civil rights issues; instituting the most successful actions to bring about non-violent social, political and economic change for the underprivileged and, leading America down a path of equal opportunity for all of its citizens.

To many we have served as a buffer between them and a life of welfare, joblessness and dependency. To others we have been the last hope in a never-ending struggle against tragedy, depression and hopelessness. We are the light at the end of a long dark tunnel.

To that end CORE has declared equal access to information, technology and healthcare it’s new civil rights focus for the 21st Century. Recognizing that the civil rights revolution in America was a tremendous victory for all decent thinking people, CORE now sees the need to prepare minorities so they may better maximize the many opportunities that are now available to them.

In describing CORE today and its overall role in America, it would be fair to say “THE BUCK STOPS HERE.” Our Commitment and love for our community has made us the advocates of last resort and a voice for the silent majority–the decent people in our country. With your support we have become one of the largest, most active and most successful grassroots organization in America’s history.

With your continued support, CORE will continue to be the beacon of hope for all people who seek to enjoy the fullness and satisfaction offered by the “American Dream.” CORE is working to make:

“EQUALITY A REALITY FOR ALL”

Roy Innis Core Chairman

Hawaii Star Bulletin Reports On Dog Return

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AE lets ‘Dog’ out of the pound
By Katherine Nichols
knichols@starbulletin.com

With blessings from A&E Network executives, the spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality and thousands of fans who inundated A&E with supportive mail, Duane “Dog” Chapman will return to television next month.
“Dog the Bounty Hunter” reruns will air on Wednesday nights beginning June 25. Twenty-six new episodes begin airing July 16, signifying a new beginning for everyone involved.

“Dog is all about second chances, and we think he deserves a second chance,” said Guy Slattery, senior vice president of marketing for A&E Network. “He realized straight away that he made a mistake, and he’s gone a long way to make amends.”

A&E suspended production of the show last October after Dog’s son, Tucker Chapman, recorded a private conversation and sold it to the National Enquirer. In the heated exchange, Dog used the N-word several times. Decisions to resurrect the show emerged from Chapman’s efforts to take responsibility and change his behavior, overwhelming fan support and the unspoken dismay some network executives felt in watching a career disintegrate because of a personal conversation.

“We realize that if you were to take our private conversations with family members in crisis, when we are passionately trying to break them out of crisis, and take those words out of context and make them public, we would all have a heck of a lot to answer for, including myself,” said Niger Innis, spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality.

Even so, “That word will never be used in my household or by me again,” Chapman said. “There are words in society that hurt people’s feelings, and I’m not about hurting people’s feelings.”

Wearing a gold necklace emblazoned with the words “Property of Dog,” and pink handcuffs hanging out the back of her black skirt, Beth Chapman told critics that her husband has changed 6,000 lives with his bounty hunting. “Should all of those things be washed away because he uses an inappropriate word?” she asked. “You have to give people second chances, or you need to build more prisons.”

Tucker Chapman might get his second chance eventually, but now he is in prison for violating parole. This, said Beth, was the heart of the infamous phone call. “Being a parent is an incredible responsibility, and you make mistakes. You continue to change your approach until you find something that strikes a chord. And I feel that what Dog did was completely misunderstood.”

What would the network do should anything like this occur again? “I don’t think we believe in third or fourth chances,” said A&E’s Slattery, “but I don’t think that’s likely to happen.”

From The Honolulu Advertiser

Dog Chapman show returning

By Dan Nakaso
Advertiser Staff Writer

The fifth season of the reality show “Dog the Bounty Hunter” begins airing July 16 with a contrite Duane “Dog” Chapman vowing to regulate his words, swear less and pay a penalty every time he does.

“You know the saying, ‘Sticks and stones can break your bones and names will always hurt you?’ I’ve learned that,” Chapman said yesterday at a media availability announcing the resumption of the A&E reality series, which chronicles the adventures of Chapman and his Honolulu bounty-hunting crew.

“The Bible says the tongue is the most powerful member of the body,” Chapman said. “That’s absolutely true. I’ve learned to watch my mouth and watch the names I use, whether they be racial or whatever. You can hurt people’s feelings just with your mouth.”

On Nov. 2, A&E suspended the show — one of its highest rated — after Chapman used the n-word when referring to his son Tucker’s African-American girlfriend. The private call had been recorded and Chapman apologized afterward.

The new season includes a penalty jar at Chapman’s Da Kine Bail Bonds on Queen Emma Street awaiting a cash contribution each time Chapman swears.

His wife, Beth, interchangeably called it “the swear jar” and “the ‘F’ jar” yesterday.

Asked what the “F” stood for, Beth said, “The Florida fund. His children would love to go to a trip to Florida.”

“Each word has its own price tag,” Beth Chapman said. “We have a lengthy list that’s still going to hit him.”

Episodes of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” typically include plenty of bleeped-out words, and Duane Chapman did not promise yesterday that he would never swear again. Neither did Beth.

When he tells Beth that she should watch her language, too, “I tell him, ‘You said you’d stop swearing. I never said I’d stop swearing,'” Beth Chapman said.

Yesterday’s media availability included some of Chapman’s bounty-hunting children: Leland, Duane Lee and “Baby” Lyssa. Niger Innis, national chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality, also granted interviews and showed his support for Duane Chapman.

‘Private things’
Early episodes of the fifth season follow the bounty hunters tracking down bail jumpers on O’ahu and Maui, and helping their friend, Bobby Brown, in Colorado.

The new episodes will not include references to Chapman’s use of the n-word — or his efforts to apologize — unless a criminal spontaneously brings it up in future filming, said Scott Lonker, A&E’s vice president for nonfiction and alternative programming.

Chapman made a concerted effort to show African-American leaders that he was not a racist and that he genuinely regretted his remarks, Lonker said.

None of his efforts were filmed at Chapman’s request, Lonker said.

“That’s kind of phony, you know what I mean,” Chapman said. “The private things you do are private. You shouldn’t be showing off that you do that.”

Asked if it was suggested that his efforts to repair his reputation would make for good reality television, Chapman said, “A lot of people suggested a lot of things: Act like you were drunk and go to the Betty Ford Clinic. Go with Tony Robbins and sit in Fiji. … We have to take our lumps.”

Sidekick off show
The fifth season of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” also won’t include Tim Chapman, who shares Duane’s name but is not related.

A&E executives yesterday said that they never seriously considered canceling the series.

“It never got to that point,” said Dan Silberman, A&E’s vice president of publicity. “We took a wait-and-see approach.”

Aside from his own efforts at reconciliation, Chapman insisted yesterday that no one has mentioned the n-word incident to him.

“No one’s brought it up in the last year,” Chapman said.

Ads for the new season feature the phrase, “I believe everyone deserves a second chance. Do you?”

“I love it,” the bounty hunter said. “I think it’s great.”

Reach Dan Nakaso at dnakaso@honoluluadvertiser.com.

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KGMB9 Hawaii Report

‘Dog’ the Bounty Hunter is Back
Written by Terry Hunter – thunter@kgmb9.com
May 14, 2008 07:27 PM

Ever since Duane “Dog” Chapman used the “N” word to describe his son’s girlfriend last Fall, the bounty hunter has been rehabilitating his image. From apologizing profusely on national television to seeking the forgiveness and approval of black groups like the congress for racial equality, “Dog” has done his best to convince his employers that he’s ready for prime time once again.

“I have been helped, and I have met some of the greatest people in my life. It’s bad to say this experience has brought me and made me closer to people, but it absolutely has,” said Dog.

“He owned up to making a mistake. He’s human. We all make mistakes, and he has taken steps to learn and to educate himself and to make things right and we felt that he has, and just like Dog we believe in second chances,” said Dan Silberman.

The chairperson of the congress for racial equality says he sees the controversy over “Dog” as an opportunity to increase racial harmony.

“He has the ability and the opportunity with his show, his very popular show, to do a civic good, to take a tragic incident and turn it into a real civic and moral good for our country,” Niger Innis.

The bounty hunter himself is relieved to be back at work and grateful to the people who forgave him.

“Would I do it again? Oh my God, no, but thank God that God is there and that people have a forgiving heart. I mean it’s just…thank God for that,” said Dog.

And so the “find ’em and fix ’em” bounty hunting crew is taking its act back to the streets, followed by three or four cameras. It’s estimated that an audience of at least two million viewers will be ready and waiting when the first new episode airs on July 16th.

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Hawaii TV Site Reports On Dog Return

Humbled “Dog” Ready For Return
By Andrew Pereira

Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman, the world’s most famous bounty hunter, will return to airwaves this summer nearly eight months after a racial rant forced A&E to pull the star’s reality television show from its lineup.

“We’re really confident that the time is right to bring him back,” said Dan Silbrman, the network’s vice president of publicity. A&E placed “Dog the Bounty Hunter” on hiatus in November after Tucker Chapman, one of the bounty hunter’s eleven children, sold a private phone call with his dad to the National Enquirer. During the conversation ‘Dog’ Chapman can be heard repeatedly using the N-word as he talks about his son’s relationship with an African-American woman.

“As far as the word that I said, it hurts people’s feelings,” Dog said during a press event at the Kahala Hotel Wednesday to announce the show’s return. “I am not famous for that,” he went on. “I’m famous for grabbing someone if they’re a felon, you know with blood in one eye and a tear in the other. “I’ll hunt you down and then call you brother – that’s the ‘Dog.’”

Reruns of the popular series will begin airing June 25. New episodes of season five and previously unseen episodes of season four are scheduled to start July 16. Silberman admits there’s a lot riding on the show’s continued success. “It’s one of our highest rated shows,” said the A&E executive. “It consistently delivers more than two million viewers per premiere episode.”

In the months since his controversial comments were made public and his show taken of the air ‘Dog’ Chapman has repeatedly delivered mea culpas on cable news networks and within the African-American community. The former convict turned bounty hunter says it wasn’t really a process of resolving a conflict but rather letting the public know what kind of man he is.

“There wasn’t ever any reconciliation because you know I’ve always been a brother,” Chapman said. “There’s this connection now. I’m no longer superman, I’m human being Dog Chapman.”

Chapman has been counseled by civil rights leaders about his use of the N-word and those who have worked with the reality TV star are convinced his many apologies are sincere and heartfelt.

“He’s not a racist,” said Niger Ennis, national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality, who was at Wednesday’s press event. “He wasn’t a racist before he got to meet us and he’s certainly not a racist after he has gotten to know us,” Niger added.

‘Dog’ Chapman’s oldest son said the tight knit family grew even closer after the recorded phone call caused a media frenzy. Duane Lee Chapman, one of the stars of the TV show, says he still talks with his half-brother Tucker, who is serving time in a Hawaii jail for a drug conviction. He said the Chapman clan tried to rehabilitate Tucker but that the 24 year old had “spun out of control.”

“I talk to him once in a while on the phone,” said Lee Chapman. “He’s gonna go to rehab, he’s gotta go to drug court. He’s got to do a bunch of things that the courts ordered – this time it’s not just us.”

‘Dog’ says he doesn’t hold a grudge against his son for selling the private phone conversation to a tabloid. “Tucker is still my son,” he said. “I will love him forever.”

Beth Chapman, the bounty hunting wife who is the most visible person in the reality television show next to ‘Dog’, says if anyone could look inside her husband’s heart they would “integrity, bravery, honor (and) love.”

“(He’s) the most kind, caring and considerate man that I’ve ever known in my whole life,” she said

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