One of A&E’s most recognized talents is in the doghouse. After one of Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman’s phone conversations – teeming with racist language – was released publicly, A&E promptly posted a message on its website stating it had ‘decided to take Dog The Bounty Hunter off the network’s schedule for the foreseeable future.’ We asked three execs in the reality loop, ‘Do you think it was fair of A&E to take Dog’s show off its schedule after his controversial conversation was leaked?’
DAVID LYLE, PRESIDENT, FOX REALITY CHANNEL [US]
It was not only fair but necessary for A&E to make a stand. After multiple seasons of Dog’s show, he has become as much an A&E representative as Matt Lauer is for NBC. How long he stays off air is A&E’s next dilemma.
STACY LIFTON, SVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS, TV GUIDE NETWORK [US]
I do. Stars of successful reality series become the ‘faces’ of the networks on which their series air. Their words and actions reflect – in this case, negatively – on those networks. Taking Dog’s show off was, from a corporate perspective, the responsible response.
SEAN BUCKLEY, OWNER, BUCK PRODUCTIONS [CANADA]
Congratulations to A&E on creating a zero tolerance environment for this kind of behavior, and reminding people that being followed around by a camera comes with responsibility. A&E took a moral stance over an economic one – I support them on that.