Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman Promised Wife He’ll ‘Never Get Married’

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Senior Reporter
Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
September 10, 2019 Updated: September 10, 2019

Weeks after his wife Beth’s death, Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman said he wouldn’t get married again.

Chapman, 66, told People magazine in late August that he and his late wife had discussed the possibility of him moving on before she died from cancer in late June 2019.

“I probably will do that, and I told her that,” Chapman said of dating. “What deal we said is I will never take ‘Beth’ off my chest, I have her name here. And I will never get married.”

He continued, “And she said to me, ‘We are human, okay?’ And probably the same thing I’d say to her.”

Duane and Beth got married in 2006. In 2017, Beth was diagnosed with cancer before it returned in 2018.

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NEW YORK – MARCH 19: Media personality Duane Chapman (right), known in the media as “Dog the Bounty Hunter” is joined by his wife Beth Chapman as he promotes his book “When Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given” at Borders Wall Street on March 19, 2010, in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

After the diagnosis, she continued to speak about her illness and film their reality TV show until her death.

“She said no, this is my life, and I’m going to show every bit of it. So, she battled it for two years, beat it once, and then it came back very aggressive,” he told Fox News. “And then she decided chemo, she did one treatment, it just about killed her. She couldn’t even move her pinky. So, they said, well, you could get 16 months with chemo or 15 without it. And she said I’ve got to be out there with you and the family. So, she went all the way to the end. The week before she went to heaven, she put a guy in jail.”

In another recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Chapman said that Beth simply told him to let go, as she was preparing to die in late June.

He told the news outlet: “And I didn’t even make a decision, I almost said, ‘I can’t.’ Before I could say, ‘All right,’ she couldn’t breathe, and I called the ambulance … But every day, she talked as if she was not there. ‘Here’s what to do with this, here’s what to do with that. Don’t keep running your mouth. When they ask you a specific question, just answer that.'”

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TV personality Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman (C) and family arrive at Nickelodeon’s 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards at USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, California, on March 23, 2013. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Chapman said that while he is looking toward the future, he hasn’t forgotten her yet.

“It’s [like] a dream,” he said. “You pretend like it’s not happening until the very end, we didn’t plan it. Her toothbrush is still in the sink.”

In the People interview, Chapman spoke about the support he had received.

“She had 30 million hits on her articles, that’s like unbelievable,” he said. “So that means a lot. Your fans keep you going, keep you alive, keep you happy, are your friends that you meet, so that helped her a lot too, with the battle. And now it’s helping me with this battle.”

Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Senior Reporter
Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.