U.S. network A&E is calling time on its long-running reality show Dog the Bounty Hunter (pictured) after eight seasons and nearly 250 episodes.
The news comes after the network last week pulled the show from its Wednesday line-up. Behind the scenes, the series has been hit by lawsuits and cast disputes, with main star Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman’s sons Duane Lee and Leland having left the show last year.
In a statement, Duane and Beth Chapman said they had been unable to reach an agreement with the network over a ninth season. “This has been a great ride for eight seasons and we would not be where we are today but for our loyal and dedicated fans,” the couple said.
“We are about to start a new chapter, and an announcement will be made sooner rather than later. You can’t keep a good Dog down.”