Duane Dog Chapman, known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, denied all allegations that he’s racist and homophobic. The reality TV star claimed that he had a pass to use the N-word because he had black friends. His daughter, Bonnie Chapman, said that she will no longer forgive her father for his actions.
Duane Dog Chapman became famous after starring in his reality TV show Dog the Bounty Hunter. The show followed Duane and his family as they hunted fugitives. It ran from 2004 to 2012. In 2007, a recorded phone call was leaked between Duane and his son. The bounty hunter can be heard using the N-word six times. While the scandal didn’t result in the show’s cancellation, it did force the reality TV show to go on hiatus until it resumed the following year.
After his phone call was released in 2007, Duane apologized for his words – which some would call racist. The bounty hunter said “My sincerest, heartfelt apologies go out to every person I have offended for my regrettable use of very inappropriate language,” he said in part. “I am deeply disappointed in myself for speaking out of anger to my son and using such a hateful term in a private phone conversation.”
During a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight‘s Kevin Frazier, Duane talked about the scandal and said that he thought he was allowed to use the N-word because he had more Black friends than Eminem. The 68-year-old said that he had started using the N-word in prison and thought he was given a pass because he had associated with Black prison members.
“I had just gotten out of prison in 1979 after spending 18 months in Texas, and it was probably three-quarters from the Black tribe,” Duane explained. “So, that was a word that we used back and forth as maybe a compliment. My pass expired for using it, but no one told me that. To say a racist name doesn’t qualify to make you a racist.”
When Kevin Frazier told Duane that using the N-word still makes you a racist, the reality TV star once again mentioned his friendships with Black people and members of the LGBT+ community, like his daughter Lyssa.
Bonnie recently made comments against her father, explaining that she won’t be excusing his past actions. The 22-year-old also claimed that her father repeatedly cheated on her late mother, Beth, who died in 2019 from Stage 3 throat cancer. Bonnie pointed out that she is not invited to Duane’s upcoming wedding because of her support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
In a statement, Bonnie explained that “I’m sorry, but I can’t defend my Dad’s racism. When it comes to ‘The System’ on UnleashedTV, my father was fired by the platform for using racial and homophobic epithets toward my fellow cast members on the show, which is about social justice advocacy and protesting violence and racial bias by police. I have expressed time and time again my ever-growing disappointment in my father’s progression into his old racist ways.”
Bonnie is referring to Duane’s new show Dog Unleashed which was dropped by UnleashedTV earlier this year. The network found that Duane was using racist and homophobic language to attack the Black members of The System. Bonnie starred in the show, which followed protests against white supremacy and explored police misconduct in America. Bonnie is still working on the TV show.
Duane Dog Chapman and his fiancé, Francie Frane, said that Bonnie is being brainwashed by the show. They have denied all her allegations. The couple claimed that Bonnie is trying to sabotage their wedding with the allegations against her father and that is why they didn’t invite her to the wedding.
“As hard as it is and as heartbreaking as it is, we had to make a decision that was very difficult for us,” Francie said regarding their decision to remove Bonnie from the wedding. “We’ve been through hell, him and I, in the past three years. …And I am not going to allow our day to be ruined by this nonsense.”