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Fugitives You Better Run -- The Dog is BACK!

2/19/2008 2:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned that Duane "Dog" Chapman will be back in business and back on the air on A&E. Woof!

A network official confirms to TMZ that the show is going back into production, but they've not yet set a premiere date. As of now, they're gearing up -- big time -- in Hawaii and production will begin ASAP. Makeup artists and camera crews have been hired, and houses and cars have been rented, all for the return of the show.

A&E had suspended production on "Dog the Bounty Hunter" indefinitely after a recording surfaced featuring Chapman making racial slurs. Chapman immediately began a tour of forgiveness, working with CORE and other groups to promote racial equality. We're told network execs were "very pleased" with Dog's attempt to make amends and his reaching out to members of the African American community.

A&E isn't just making this decision out of the goodness of their hearts either. The show was insanely popular for the network, here and internationally -- airing in over 20 countries.

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Julie the Jarhead    

Dog rules!

And I can't wait to watch Beth and Baby Lyssa kick some @ss!

2346 days ago
17.

Anya    

That's disgusting but not the least surprising. These foul-mouthed bigots make quiet little backroom deals with networks to take a little break and make nicenice until it blows over then they put them right back on the air. The fact that people still like him just tells us that it's apparently okay in America to use the N word. I will never watch A&E again.

2346 days ago
18.

Dr. Adams    

ALL THE DOG HAS EVER CAUGHT ARE LOW LIFE AUTO THIEVES AND NON VIOLENT TYPE'S....HEY DOG!!!!!! go out and round up some real hard azz'ez.....say a murder'er or bank robber.....someone that more than likely will kick your scarwney azz

2346 days ago
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DEE DUB    

Racist Pig

2346 days ago
20.

Unhinged    

A&E has officially gone to the "dogs". What a shame they only appeal to trailer trash. It just reinforces why I no longer watch television.

2346 days ago
21.

Jet Baker    

WTF? How can this racist hater be on TV again. Do not watch it. Do not watch A&E cause they are MEDIA WHORES! It's sick but the ratingw will be through the roof. Decline of our civilization.

2346 days ago
22.

me    

Posted at 10:55AM on Feb 19th 2008 by erica

2. it's about the tim!!!

Learn to proof read you stupid Bi*ch

2346 days ago
23.

albacor528    

It is about time A&E came to their senses! Jerks. The only other show they have that gets decent ratings is "The First 48".

2346 days ago
24.

Elo801    

Yeaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!! I LOVE Dog!!!!!!!

2346 days ago
25.

BigTicket    

I wonder if his brother is going to be back too? If A&E can forgive DOG for running off at the mouth, then they can surely forgive his brother for getting caught naked in his vehicle! This is the unfortunate side of giving an ex-con and his bizarre cluster of associates their own television show. Swine don't make pearls!

2346 days ago
26.

ugh    

RACIST POS!!!! He shouldn't have his crap show back!

2346 days ago
27.

a skank named heather mills    

How can he get back his show?????? He is racist and his brother is a flasher... Remember his brother was caught wanking himself in public.......... A & E must be really hard up for viewers to allow this crap back on air.....

2346 days ago
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a skank named heather mills    

dog is a racist and his brother commits lewd acts in public - wanking himself.. this is one low class family........

2346 days ago
29.

Janest    

I'm glad he is coming back, I liked the show. That son of his - what a piece of crap. Take him outta your will Dog

2346 days ago
30.

Willy    

with all this support for the Dog.... I now come to the Conclusion that , There are More MORONS in this country then I thought there were .
Make me wonder about the 2008 Presidential election.

2346 days ago
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