A&E announced Monday that “Dog the Bounty Hunter” has been officially canceled after eight seasons. The reality series followed Duane (Dog) Chapman on several chases and takedowns as he returned fugitives back to jail.
However, the bounty under also brought occasional legal headaches for the network.
In 2006, Chapman, his son and another bounty hunter were arrested on charges of illegal detention in the capture of Max Factor heir Andrew Luster in Mexico. Luster had fled the country while on trial on charges he raped three women. Charges against the three bounty hunters were eventually dropped by a Mexican court.
One of Dog’s collars, Hoang Minh Phung Nguyen, sued Chapman and two of his sons last year, claiming a 2009 arrest that they instigated led to his firing, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.
Those two sons, Duane Chapman 2nd and Leland Chapman, later left the show — and stopped talking to the rest of the family. Dog’s daughter Lyssa was arrested last year in Hawaii after allegedly cursing and banging on doors in a residential neighborhood.
Chapman’s reality series had a healthy start in the ratings in what turned out to be its last season.
The show’s January premiere drew 2.9 million viewers, the series’ highest start to a season since 2006, according to A&E.