Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Dog the Bounty Hunter ends show, promises new chapter

The list of Colorado celebrities is short. John Elway. Don Cheadle. Jessica Biel. John Elway. Amy Adams. Judy Collins. John Elway. Tim Tebow didn't last a season as a Broncos starter; John Denver has been dead more than a decade, even if he keeps getting added to local halls of fame. And then there's the biggest dog of all: Duane Chapman, aka Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Dog got his start in the bounty-hunting business here in Denver, and his wife, Beth was an investigator who helped on several early Westword stories. But they went global when they became the stars of Dog the Bounty Hunter, a reality show on A&E in which they chased bad guys from their new home base in Hawaii around the world and through eight seasons.

But there will not be a ninth, at least not on A&E. The show was cancelled last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Dog released this statement on the end of the series:

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 9th season.

Dog and Beth stated, "This has been a great ride for 8 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."

And you can't keep him in Colorado, either.

Number 7 still ranks as Denver's best celebrity. Read why in this 2012 John Elway Best of Denver post.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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