Duane “Dog” Chapman may have been sold out to the press by his son, Tucker, but on Wednesday, the star of A&E’s reality series, Dog the Bounty Hunter, told Larry King that he still loves his son.
“All I want him to know is that I love him very much,” he said on CNN’s Larry King Live, although admitting that Tucker has refused to talk to him.
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Chapman, whose Dog the Bounty Hunter show has been pulled off the air for an indefinite period of time, also revealed that he has had a troubled relationship with Tucker’s mother as well, and accused her of being his son’s accomplice.
“His mother’s in on it with him. I have been away from her since the ’80s so now she is like getting even,” he said.
Late last month, Tucker sold to the National Enquirer a tape containing a private conversation between him and his father, who can be heard liberally using the N-word in reference to Tucker’s black girlfriend, Monique Shinnery. Since then, Duane Chapman has been apologizing to the public for having used the racial slur, insisting that he never said the word out of hate.
On Larry King, Chapman explained that he was worried Tucker, an ex-con, would return to a life of crime if he continues his relationship with Shinnery, whom Chapman believed to be not the best person for his son.
“I tried to take control of his life [after he was released],” Chapman, who himself has spent some time behind bars, said. “I heard this girl was maybe not being the best for Tucker — and I’ll leave it like that — so I tried to interfere.”
He added, “I don’t care if she is black at all. He’s on parole for a 20 year sentence and if he messes up he goes back.”
Although A&E has yet to decide whether or not Dog the Bounty Hunter is, indeed, cancelled, Chapman knows that his reality television career is hanging in the balance.
Meanwhile, Shinnery reportedly told the National Enquirer that she plans on suing Duane Chapman, saying, “I want justice. He has slandered me, stated that I have bad character and repeatedly lied about me on national television.”
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Reuters, Eurweb.com
(Image Courtesy of CNN)