After eight seasons and 230 episodes, reality show “Dog the Bounty Hunter” has been canceled by A&E. The series, which follows Duane “Dog” Chapman and his family-run bounty-hunter business, will continue with its current season until June, according to US Weekly.
The A&E Network gave no explanation for the cancellation, but the series has stirred its share of controversy.
The show was briefly suspended in 2007 upon its release of an audiotape in which Chapman used a racial slur in reference to his son’s black girlfriend. Chapman followed the incident with a public apology on CNN, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In 2010, Hoang Minh Phung Nguyen, who was portrayed as a fugitive on the show, sued Chapman and his crew for defamation. Nguyen said the defamation cost him his job and forced him to relocate.
Last year, both of Chapman’s sons quit the show, which was taped and aired in a March 2012 episode.
“Dog the Bounty Hunter” follows the 59-year-old fugitive recovery agent Chapman, his wife, Beth, and Chapman’s children, Leland, Duane Lee, and Lyssa, as they track down criminals in Hawaii and Colorado.
Last week, A&E also canceled its drama “Breakout Kings” after two seasons.
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