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Dog the Bounty Hunter Put Down by A&E

Dog the Bounty Hunter, Duane Chapman, Beth Chapman Scott Gries/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.

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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.

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