Dog Tries to Bail Out His Reputation With Apology Over Racial Slurs

Duane "Dog" Chapman
Duane "Dog" Chapman

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Duane "Dog" Chapman has issued an apology over racial slurs he made during a private phone conversation with his son Tucker.

A tabloid magazine got wind of the taped conversation and released the audio Wednesday.

Chapman says he's now meeting with his spiritual advisor, Rev. Tim Storey, for guidance and wants to meet with other Black leaders, saying he hopes they can teach him how to make things right again.

In light of the leaked tapes, which are littered with the N-word, cable network A&E has suspended Chapman's reality show, "Dog the Bounty Hunter". At Dog's office in Honolulu, Da Kine Bail Bonds, a sign reads "Closed for Halloween".

At his house, no answer, and no comment from family members, including his daughter Lyssa who quickly stepped out of the house.

This, after someone leaked a private phone conversation to the National Enquirer. On the tape, Dog lashes out at his son Tucker over his African-American girlfriend, saying "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, losing everything I've ever worked for for 30 years."

Dog tells Tucker to break up with her, saying she could ruin his career.

After the tapes were splattered on the internet, Dog issued a statement saying, "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."

"He tries to clean it up by saying well, Black people have made contributions and so forth, that's just nonsense, And completely insulting to the intelligence. He's a total racist," says one of Hawaii's Black leaders, Faye Kennedy.

Kennedy, the Co-Chair of Hawaii Friends of Civil Rights, says Dog's racial rant doesn't surprise her .

"It's much more hurtful if it's someone you had respect for or thought was educated and he's none of those things," she says.

Kennedy says she wouldn't put Dog in the same category as shock jock Don Imus. She says the difference is, Dog's racial slurs were in a private conversation, not public and malicious like Imus.