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3 opinions on the Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman scandal

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.
December 1, 2007

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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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