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'Dog the Bounty Hunter' canceled by A&E

Date May 23, 2012

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "Dog the Bounty Hunter" has been put to sleep.

A&E has cancelled the reality series - which followed Duane "Dog" Chapman and his family-run bounty-hunter business - after eight seasons.

No reason was given for the cancellation, but the series has generated its share of controversy and headaches for A&E. Last year, Hoang Minh Phung Nguyen - who was presented as a fugitive on the show - sued Chapman and his crew for defamation.

According to the suit, Chapman's crew accused Nguyen of firing a gun at them, leading to his arrest for suspicion of attempted murder and menacing. Prosecutors decided not to file charges, Nguyen said, but he still lost his job and was forced to relocate over the incident.

The show also recently saw the defection of cast members Leland and Duane Lee Chapman, who departed the show and severed ties with their family.

Last week, A&E also cancelled its scripted drama "Breakout Kings" after two seasons.

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