via E Online:
Duane “Dog” Chapman‘s past legal indiscretions continue to track him down.
The erstwhile Dog the Bounty Hunter star has been denied a U.K. visa over a 1976 homicide case that ended with Chapman’s conviction for murder, The Guardianreports.
The 59-year-old was reportedly scheduled to travel to the U.K. to join the cast of the reality series Celebrity Big Brother until immigration officials booted his visa application.
In 1976, Chapman was convicted for the murder of Jerry Oliver in Pampa, Texas, after Oliver was shot dead by one of Chapman’s companions during a botched pot deal.
Although Chapman was reportedly waiting in a vehicle at the time, he was still found guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison. He was released after 18 months.
Over the years, the host has expressed his remorse over the incident and he recently toldThe Guardian, “I should not have been there, that’s that.”
Dog the Bounty Hunter ran for eight seasons on A&E until the network announced in May that it was canceling the popular series.
Although A&E didn’t cite a reason for pulling the plug, Chapman, whose family had recently been the target of death threats, claimed that negotiations between him and the network broke down.
Dog the Bounty Hunter Put Down by A&E
Duane “Dog” Chapman can go back to focusing on the chase.
Despite originally planning on a ninth go-round, A&E has canceled Dog the Bounty Hunter after eight seasons, the network confirmed Monday to E! News.
The gritty reality show followed Chapman, a Hawaii and Colorado-based bail bondsman, and his extended family as they tracked down folks on the run from the law and dealt with their own legal and personal issues.
No particular reason for the cancellation has been given, but, a few years ago, Dog the Bounty Hunter almost didn’t make it to a fifth season.
In a statement to E! News, Chapman and his wife, Beth, said, “Prior to A&E making a decision not to renew the series Dog the Bounty Hunter, the parties involved were unable to reach an agreement for the ninth season.”
They also added: “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. 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.”
A&E suspended production on the show for roughly six months after a recording of Chapman repeatedly using the N-word during a phone conversation was leaked to the media in 2007.
Chapman, his son Leland and partner in criminal-capturing Tim Chapman (no relation) were busted by federal authorities in 2006 in connection with their foray into Mexico to fetch convicted rapist Andrew Luster, but extradition proceedings ultimately fell through.
Leland and his brother Duane Lee left the family business last year—they insisted that they quit, but Beth appeared to fire them in an episode that aired in March.
The family most recently made headlines when they stated that they had been the target of death threats and the FBI was investigating.
Dog the Bounty Hunter and Family Target of Death Threats
Someone is not a fan of Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, and they’re making sure he knows it.
The reality-TV star and his family have been receiving multiple death threats via email for over four days, leading to an FBI investigation.
Before you continue reading, you should know that the nature of these messages is explicit.
On April 30, a message to Chapman, obtained by RadarOnline, read, “I’m going to murder you. I’m going to come to Hawaii and murder you and your family in cold blood. You are next on my list and are the bane of society. I will deliver you to God.”
Days later, another email was delivered, “I’m going to murder you and your family. I’m going to slaughter your family. I’m going to cut the fat tits off your wife while I watch your children bleed. I want to see you cry, like you did everyday in prison. I want you to watch as your family gets massacred right in front of you Then I’m going to f–k you in the ass with your f—-t Indian beads.”
The threats continued with talk about raping his children, “It will feel so great. The blood of the innocent gets me so hard. Bye, Duane.”
The family released a statement saying, “The Chapmans are taking these threats seriously and are very concerned about the safety of their family. Duane Chapman said that when the person responsible is found, he will prosecute to the full extent of the law for the threats made against his family. A referral of the case has been made to the FBI in Honolulu.”