A&E stops production on Dog the Bounty Hunter because of Dog’s racist tirade

A&E has stopped production on Dog the Bounty Hunter after a recording of Dog’s racist tirade about his son’s girlfriend was released. While the network still has repeats of episodes scheduled as early as Saturday, A&E said in a statement that they “take this matter very seriously. Pending an investigation, we have suspended production on the series. When the inquiry is concluded we will take appropriate action.”

In a recording released by the National Enquirer, Dog repeatedly uses the n-word to describe his son Tucker’s girlfriend Monique Shinnery, and even as he essentially says he’s not racist, he uses the word pejoratively. Even more ironically, he’s worried about what the public will think that he uses the n-word even as he uses it. Here’s an excerpt:

“…It’s not because she’s black, it’s because we use the word ‘n——’ sometimes here. I’m not going to take a chance ever in life of losing everything I’ve worked for for 30 years because some fucking n—— heard us say ‘n——’ and turned us into the Enquirer magazine. Our career is over. … If Lisa was dating a n——, we would all say ‘fuck you,’ and you know that. … It’s not that they’re black, it’s none of that, it’s that we use the word ‘n——-‘, we don’t mean ‘you fucking scum n——without a soul,’ we don’t mean that shit, but America would think we mean that. And we’re not taking a chance on losing everything we got over a racial slur because our son goes with a girl like that. …”

In a statement of his own, Dog apologized, but insisted that his son’s girlfriend “character” is the problem, and that his comments were “taken out of context,” as if those words have some kind of context in which they’d be acceptable:

“My sincerest, heartfelt apologies go out to every person I have offended for my regrettable use of very inappropriate language. … It was completely taken out of context. I was disappointed in his choice of a friend, not due to her race, but her character. However, I should have never used that term. I have the utmost respect and aloha for black people — who have already suffered so much due to racial discrimination and acts of hatred. I did not mean to add yet another slap in the face to an entire race of people who have brought so many gifts to this world. I am ashamed of myself and I pledge to do whatever I can to repair this damage I have caused.”

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