After the racial slur scandal last week with Duane "Dog" Chapman, the "Bounty Hunter" star of A&E, at least one major advertiser has left. Yum Brand’s’ Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut have pulled their ads. We don’t know what others might have followed, since A&E has now pulled the show from its schedule after suspending production.
"In evaluating the circumstances of the last few days, A&E has decided to take `Dog The Bounty Hunter’ off the network’s schedule for the foreseeable future. We hope that Mr. Chapman continues the healing process that he has begun," A&E said in a statement Friday. At this point the reality show is in limbo – not airing, but not officially canceled.
Other big name advertisers who had been on the show include J&J, Reckitt Benckiser and Alltel. Chapman was reportedly recorded by his son using racial slurs in an obscenity-fueled phone rant that was sold to the National Enquirer and posted online. Chapman urged his son to break up with his black girlfriend who Chapman said he feared might tell others about his frequent use of the n-word.