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]

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