LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Where is Duane Lee Chapman Jr, and what happened between Dog and his sons? Duane Lee Chapman is not on “Dog and Beth”. As a result, fans are left guessing what happened between Dog and Duane Lee, and why did Duane Lee quit Dog the Bounty Hunter.
In March 2012, LALATE exclusively reported that Duane Lee had left filming of the A&E reality show, had moved to Florida, and was no longer a part of the Bounty Hunter business with the Chapman’s. Viewers watched that month the drama unfold on camera.
But the tensions had happened months earlier when filming for A&E occurred. “Dog has dropped Duane Lee from the team, and Leland is feeling caught in the middle” A&E told news at the time. “When Leland confronts Dog and Beth about the decision tempers flare.”
The exit of Duane Lee prompted tensions between Beth and Leland. Beth fumed at the time to Leland “And what we are, chop liver?” Leland answered to Beth “I don’t know, you are cutting people left and right.” Beth said “We cut people or he didn’t show up? He didn’t show up Leland.”
Beth said that Duane Lee wasn’t doing his job. But Leland claims that Beth wasn’t acting right. Leland fumed “I don’t care. I’m not going to leave my brother out to hang and dry.” Beth replied “He left himself out to dry.”
Eventually those tensions were too much for Leland. He too left the show initially. “He is never coming back” said Leland. “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.”
Leland was right. Duane Lee never came back. So why did Duane Lee leave? A&E claimed then that “A family brawl is threatening the business and someone’s going to pay”,
Duane Lee told viewers that he thought he was being underpaid by Beth. Duane Lee fumed on camera at the time “Because all of sudden you take away my pay from the office, and have me work, more and more and more and more.” He added “It’s like I’m getting taking advantage of, you aren’t letting me give a rebuttal. You just keep talking and talking.”
Eventually, Dog was left in tears. Dog asked Duane Lee “So why do you hate us?” Duane Lee responds “I don’t hate anybody”. Dog answers “Leland thinks you do”. Dog then adds “cuz the last thing I heard you say ‘I’m sorry, I’m going to work more in the office, we’ll figure out a pay schedule so that Beth can pay me. I’ll work. And I’m sorry.’ “
Dog told Duane Lee that he needed to apologize to Beth. That apology was never shown on camera, if it even occurred. Dog, however, accused his own son Duane Lee of having the wrong attitude. “You need to tell Beth you love her and be nice.”
Eventually, was money an issue? Beth told viewers at the time “He [Duane Lee] hasn’t been to work in I don’t know how many months. He is not paying any bills”. She added “we can’t go broke because someone is not working.” Dog added “he is causing strife all throughout the office.”
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