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US TV show pulled after race row
Duane "Dog" Chapman
At least two advertisers have ended their support for Chapman's show
A bounty hunter has had his show pulled from US TV schedules after he used a racist term repeatedly in a phone call.

The A&E network said Dog the Bounty Hunter, starring Duane "Dog" Chapman, would be off-air "for the foreseeable future", but had not been scrapped.

The National Enquirer released a recording of a conversation involving the star, repeatedly making derogatory remarks about his son's girlfriend.

He issued an apology but several civil rights leaders want his show ditched.

They have written to A&E, branding his comments "a vicious attack on... interracial relations, as well as an incitement to violence".

Chapman's programme sees him and colleagues trying to find people who have absconded in Hawaii and other US states.

'Ashamed'

In the phone call, Chapman was heard talking to his son Tucker, urging him to break up with his black girlfriend.

He used the offensive "N-word" six times in the first 45 seconds of the five-minute clip, the Associated Press reported.

In his apology, Chapman said he was ashamed of himself and "should never have used that term".

And he added he was "disappointed" in his son's choice of girlfriend "not due to her race, but her character".

The 54-year-old's lawyer, Brook Hart, said Chapman was not a racist and promised the word would never be used again by the star.

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