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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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Annette    

OUTSTANDING! Glad to hear it. I missed Dog & his crew. And I hope he never forgives whoever illegally taped the phone conversation. We all say stuff in private that we don't want broadcast. Whatever his private views are belong in private. I'm really happy to see his return.

2404 days ago
62.

Mikey    

A & E STAND FOR: ARYAN ENTERTAINMENT!

WHAT A SLIME BALL NETWORK..........................

2404 days ago
63.

gullibleminions    

I would rather see "Dog" on the streets then a "Bitch in heat" AKA lilo,britbrat, and size 11...

2404 days ago
64.

Melanie    

WOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! THE DOG IS BAAAAACK!!!! AWESOME!!!! I'M SOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

2404 days ago
65.

Laila    

Glad they're coming back... I saw his brother in Wal-Mart in Pearl City (HI) Sunday night!!! lol

2404 days ago
66.

YEAH!    

YEAH! WE HAVE MISSED THE DOG!!!

2404 days ago
67.

big balls    

ALL THE FAT OFFICE WOMEN LOVE THIS LOSER

2404 days ago
68.

Nicki    

Love LOVE LOVE the Dog. Had the chance to meet him and he is an awesome person, so is Beth.

2404 days ago
69.

Bob Fartsalot    


Dog, get a hair piece or a toupee or SOMETHING. Man I cannot stand that hair!!

2404 days ago
70.

Ken    

It's about time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hasn't everyone sometime in there life said or done something that they regreted!

2404 days ago
71.

know it all    

Those PIGS at A & E..driven once again by the lure of the almighty buck... F... (it rhymes with schmuck)..MORALITY,There is no forgiveness for a jerk like "the dog"..May be we'll all get lucky and he'll get shot by a perp..before the first new episode...NO LOSS

2404 days ago
72.

T-Fed    

I say let Dog loose and go after that Marine who killed that pregnant marine he raped and got knocked up, then fled to Mexico!! Let him loose and clean house in Mexico, screw Mexico's fugitive laws and we should give them back their trash too!! After Dog brings back this murderous Marine, our country needs to protect Dog from the idiotic Mexican Government...

2404 days ago
73.

BCOS    

FINALLY - THANK GOODNESS - THE DOG IS BACK! WHAT TOOK SO LONG!

2404 days ago
74.

buzzbomber    

His show never should have been suspended in the first place. EVERYONE makes remarks like his, they just are not recorded and put out in the public domain. Dog is NOT an elected official and has every right to say what he said, ESPECIALLY since it was between him and his son. If you don't like him don't watch his show, he will be paid the same no matter what!

2404 days ago
75.

lorri    

Yes.......... :O)

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