LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Duane Lee Chapman leaves Dog the Bounty Hunter tonight, and Leland Chapman is next out the door. What happened to Duane Lee and Leland? Beth Chapman threatens to fire Duane Lee Chapman tonight and Leland Chapman doesn’t even want to look Beth in the face. Leland Chapman has nothing positive to say about Beth Chapman and his father’s handling of Duane Lee’s exit.
Duane Lee Chapman and Leland Chapman both leave, and do not return, to Dog the Bounty Hunter after this six-episode arch on A&E is complete. But tonight, the tensions reach epic proportions when Duane Lee is gone. Whether it’s called a firing, or a quitting, Duane Lee leaves the business, and the show, and never comes back, despite Dog’s assurances.
Beth shouts at Leland “it’s not a joke dude you are getting fired!” Last month, LALATE exclusively reported that Duane Lee has left filming of the A&E reality show, had moved to Florida, and is no longer a part of the Bounty Hunter business with the Chapman’s.
“Dog has dropped Duane Lee from the team, and Leland is feeling caught in the middle” says A&E of tonight’s episode. “When Leland confronts Dog and Beth about the decision tempers flare.” That is an understatement.
After Duane Lee leaves, Beth tells Leland tonight that he is a horrible person. “I didn’t go behind your back” says Leland. “It is behind our back since we are just finding out about it” fumes Beth. “I didn’t go behind your back…That is my brother, and that is my family” says Leland. Not looking Beth in the eye, Leland reminds Beth that she is not his family.
Beth gets more enraged. “And what we are, chop liver?” Leland answers “I don’t know, you are cutting people left and right.” Beth says “We cut people or he didn’t show up? He didn’t show up Leland.”
Leland tells Beth he is going to side with his brother who is his family, not Beth who he accuses of ruining his family. “I don’t care. I’m not going to leave my brother out to hang and dry.” Beth replies “He left himself out to dry.”
Soon Dog is shown about to cry. Leland tells Dog “I don’t want to be left in the middle of this. I am totally in the middle, that is my brother and you my dad. I am supposed to live, without my brother.”
Dog tears and says “You need to me open mind. I know my daddy loves Duane Lee. You know it…. I will get him back. Leave it to me.”
Dog is wrong. Duane Lee never comes back. And by the end of the arch, Leland leaves too. “He is never coming back” says Leland adding “I swear to the holy ghost I think you hate his guts. I think you hate him. … I think Duane Lee will never come back.”
With Leland and Duane Lee having left, will Dog the Bounty Hunter come back for another season to A&E? Many fans are calling for an end for the season, and a spinoff for Leland. So where are Leland and Duane Lee now? For that, click HERE.