DogAh, how I’ve longed to write those words. After Dog the Bounty Hunter made this error of judgement, I thought he’d be down for longer. Back in November when the incident happened, I made this bold prediction:

“This will be the last word from A&E on the subject for at least 6 months. After that time, they’ll begin production on his show again, and in less than a year ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ will be back for the next series, accompanied by a flurry of publicity and acknowledgments by Dog in interviews of his wrongdoing and his putting of the incident behind him. Such is the cycle of the race-police merry-go-round in 21st century America.”

Well, the race-police merry-go-round appears to be speeding up! A&E broke their silence today in exactly half the time I predicted, announcing that they’ll be bringing back the Dog and resuming production of the show for its new series (dates to be announced). A statement says:

“Over the last few months, Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman has taken and continues to take the appropriate steps in reaching out to several African American organizations in an effort to make amends for his private comments to his son which were released publicly. Since the premise of ‘Dog The Bounty Hunter’ is about second chances, we have decided to give him one.”

Good for them.