Dog Chapman’s son sold racist phone call tape; show is A&E’s highest-rated

The person who recorded and sold the phone call of Dog Chapman’s ironic racist tirade about his son’s girlfriend was Dog’s son.

Tucker received “a lot of money” for the tape, Dog’s lawyer Brook Hart told the AP. “I guess because of whatever level of anger he had of his father, he felt the need to express it in that manner.” In the recorded phone call, released late Wednesday, Dog referred to Tucker’s girlfriend using the n-word repeatedly, even while insisting he wasn’t racist and didn’t care about her race.

Meanwhile, the show remains suspended by A&E, which promised again Thursday to “take appropriate action” once it finishes investigating. Cancelling the show would impact the network. The show is A&E’s “highest-rated show. In 96 original episodes since ‘Dog’ premiered on Aug. 30, 2004, the half-hour has averaged 2.05 million total viewers, which is 62% above A&E’s primetime average for that period (1.27 million viewers),” Variety reports. “The fifth season of ‘Dog’ was about to start taping when A&E called a temporary halt to production.”

Lawyer: Chapman’s Son Sold N-Word Tape [AP]
A&E leashes ‘Dog’ after tirade [Variety]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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