If you love reality TV, you’ve probably been keeping up with Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman and his wife Beth Chapman since 2004. Between their hit show Dog the Bounty Hunter, which aired from 2004 until 2012, with a brief break in 2007, and their spin-off Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, which lasted through 2015, fans have gotten to know the Chapman fam. But recently, fans have been wondering what ever happened their show.
Well, In Touch can exclusively reveal that the famous duo called it quits on reality TV in an attempt to save the bail industry, which is under attack nationwide. Beth is currently the president of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS) and works with her husband as an advocate for the field.
“Our industry is under attack,” she told In Touch exclusively back in 2016. “There are bail reform movements springing up across the country that would end the cash bail systems. This would be a disaster.”
The decision came at a time when bail reform across the country was taking the form of totally removing cash bail systems. A recent lawsuit in California sought to get rid of the cash bail system by deeming it unconstitutional and legal actions like this one have traditionally gone unchallenged by the industry. Beth is among many other bail bond advocates who seek to change the legislation.
“I worked with the California Bail Agents Association to get them on as interveners in the case so that the industry can mount a significant challenge to this incredibly disastrous suit,” said Beth. “The bail industry provides a service to the government and helps ensure the public’s safety. Removing the bail system would have a deleterious effect on the criminal justice system. It is imperative that our association, under strong leadership, fight every attempt by these social justice lackeys to remove cash bail when their only goal is to make it easier for the bad guys to get out of jail.”
Duane added, “For over 12 years we have shown on TV the importance of the bail industry in assisting the criminal justice system, and I have preached about how important it is that bail agents and bounty hunters conduct themselves properly. We made this incredibly tough decision because we feel that without intervention from all of our associations, we will no longer have an industry in which to work. This is not an end to Dog the Bounty Hunter, but if these lawyers have their way, it will be the end of the bail system in the United States and we cannot sit by and let that happen.”
Duane and Beth left CMT after three seasons of Dog and Beth: On the Hunt with the rights to all their shows.
For more information and additional details on Beth’s career change, check out her Facebook page!