Chapman Apologizes; Show Remains Suspended
In an apology that no doubt raised as many eyebrows as his initial comments, "Bounty Hunter" Duane "Dog" Chapman admitted that he had used the "N-word" long before his recorded phone conversation recently turned up online, on cable, and in the National Enquirer. Interviewed on Fox News, Chapman said, "I thought that I was cool enough in the black world to be able to use that word as a brother to a brother. ... I now learned I'm not black at all." Later: "If I could kill myself and people would forgive me, I would do that." Still later he remarked that he wanted to be buried at a historic slave burial ground "because I will never be forgiven as [long as] I'm alive." As for why he used the term in speaking angrily to his son about his African-American girlfriend, Chapman said, "I referenced it, the only word I know, that would hurt his feelings or catch his attention very fast -- never as a prejudicial or racial slur or anything like that." Commenting on Chapman's remarks, the Rev. Al Sharpton told the New York Post, "For those that are disgusted by him, I don't think he won over too many converts." Neither, apparently, has he swayed executives of the A&E network, who suspended his show and have not indicated whether they will bring it back.