A&E Suspends Dog the Bounty Hunter for Racist Comments

Last night A&E suspended production on their popular reality show "Dog the Bounty Hunter," after Dog, the show’s star, allegedly unleashed a tirade of racist comments about his son’s African-American girlfriend, in two recorded phone calls, which the National Enquirer subsequently posted on its web site. "A&E has just learned of the story released by the National Enquirer concerning Duane Dog Chapman," read a statement from A&E. "We take this matter very seriously. Pending an investigation, we have suspended production on the series. When the inquiry is concluded, we will take appropriate action."

Last night, Dog put out his own apologetic statement, according to the Associated Press.

"I did not mean to add yet another slap in the face to an entire race of people who have brought so many gifts to this world," he said, according to the AP. "I am ashamed of myself and I pledge to do whatever I can to repair this damage I have caused."

Where will Dog turn when it comes time for his inevitable self restoration project? Our guess: Glenn Beck’s show on CNN Headline News. Over the past year or so, Mr. Beck has made Dog a recurring guest, and has developed a particularly good on-air rapport with the God-fearing, advice-spewing, bounty hunter. In the meantime, we left a message with Dog’s people, seeking further comment. We’ll let you know if we hear anything.