Dog the Bounty Hunter to son: I still love you.
Dog the Bounty Hunter Duane Chapman has gotten more attention with his crazy racist rant dropping N-bombs left and right than he ever did for his bounty hunting TV show on A&E.
On Thursday, TMZ posted an audio tape of Chapman on a radio show. Dog sounds like he is losing it.
But if you know Dog the Bounty Hunter, you know he wants to be seen as a family man (even though his 9,000 kids are spread out across the country)... so naturally now he says he still loves his son Tucker Chapman even though he sold the racist tirade to the National Enquirer. On the tape, you'll remember that Dog calls Tucker's black girlfriend the "N-word." [see photos of Tucker and his girlfriend Monica Shinnery here]
Now the Enquirer is reporting that Shinnery plans to sue Dog.
Meanwhile, Dog Chapman is working the talk show circuit saying how sorry he is and showing how crazy he is.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Celebrity bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman, whose reality TV show has been pulled from the air indefinitely after he used a racial slur, says he still loves the son who sold the tape of his private remark.
Cable channel A&E took the popular show, "Dog the Bounty Hunter," off its schedule for the foreseeable future after a private phone call in which Chapman used an offensive term to describe his son's black girlfriend hit the Internet.
Chapman said his son, Tucker Chapman, had sold the tape of the conversation that dates back to March to The National Enquirer but he did not know why.
"He will not talk to me," said Chapman, who has 12 children and has been married five times.
"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 told the Larry King Live show on CNN on Wednesday night.
A teary Chapman, who has apologized repeatedly since the tape was made public and promised to make amends, said he had used the epithet "nigger" on a heated call with his son while admitting he was probably interfering in his life.
Chapman said Tucker had been sent to prison at the age of 18 and served four years of a 20 year sentence for armed robbery before being released on parole.
"I tried to take control of his life (after this)," said Chapman, himself an ex-con. "I heard this girl was maybe not being the best for Tucker -- and I'll leave it like that -- so I tried to interfere.
"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."
Honolulu-based Chapman, 54, who says he is a devout Christian, made no comment on reports that his son sold the tape for $15,000.
"All I want him to know is that I love him very much," he said.
A&E has said no decision has been made to cancel the program, which is shown in more than 10 countries, and the network will review the situation again later this month.
Chapman, with his trademark scraggly long blond hair and leather wardrobe, rose to fame after his 2003 tracking and capture of Max Factor heir and serial rapist Andrew Luster in Mexico.
This led to an offer for a reality TV show following him and his "posse" tracking down people who jump bail.