Dog and Beth Chapman address family troubles in upcoming CMT special

A week before their new CMT series Dog and Beth: On the Hunt premieres on CMT, Duane “Dog” Chapman and his wife Beth will address the issue that has weighed heaviest on their fans’ minds: What has happened with the Chapman clan since the family publicly imploded as Dog the Bounty Hunter headed toward its unexpected series finale.

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Dog and Beth: The Preview Special premieres Sunday, April 14 at 8pm ET/PT on CMT and will re-air throughout the week leading up to their new bounty-hunting bonanza. Fans can also stream the special online at

According to the network’s press release, Dog and Beth: The Preview Special covers the 15-month timespan since the end of Bounty Hunter, during which the Chapmans and their children Leland, Duane Lee and Baby Lyssa argued over the future of the family’s bail-bond enterprise, and Duane and Beth prepared to take their business in a dangerous new direction alone. “Dog and Beth: The Preview Special shows the dramatic struggles of a professional bounty-hunting team attempting to move on without crucial team members, a father and son both battling their own pride and the Chapman’s unwavering belief in second chances,” the network said.

When I sat down with Dog, Beth and Leland Chapman in January to discuss Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, the issue of Lyssa and Duane Lee’s departure was foremost on Beth’s mind.

“The focal point of the show is our relationship — and our relationship with Leland,” she explained. “Because Leland wants to stay with his dad. Duane says this really profound thing where he says, ‘I don’t love you more, son. But you probably love me more than any of the other kids.’ Because as a parent, you don’t love any of your children differently. But they love you. And their love for you may be stronger than what your sister’s love is. And that’s what Leland is, right? His love for his dad is stronger than the others.’ And so he doesn’t want to be the one to leave or go away. He wants to be the one staying right here and doing what he does. And so we were really happy about that.”

Check out the rest of Channel Guide’s funny and revealing interview with Dog, Beth and Leland Chapman here and in the April issue of Channel Guide Magazine.

CMT photo by Andy Batt


  1. I just want to address this to Dog and Beth. Just because your kids don’t chose to follow you doesn’t mean they don’t love you. For Beth to say Leland loves you more was totally wrong. Be happy with your kids when they chose a life separate from your own,don’t abandon them. When y’all are out there spreading your word and giving 2nd chances remember the old saying and keep close to your heart”Practice What You Preach” In Proverbs it speaks about wise men holding their tongues.

    • Again, this is just a tv show. Why are so many people acting like they are family members. They are actors… they edit what they say and do. And tell them how to act. Please people save the love and compassion for your real family not pretend family.

  2. i love the show wish it was on a lot more and i would like to know if they are writing another book

  3. I am writing to you because I really need your help[ I know you help people out .I have a brain anarizum and my mom and dad are very sick dad has cancer and mom has 5 years to live. I am so stressed out worked my whole life and seem to keep falling in hole. I have custody of my grandson and try to do what I can for him. work all the time and all I am asking for is a loan to get me back on my feet and help my parent s be happy with what they have left in life, I am trying to get my credit score back up there filed bankrucy then now that I did that I get no credit why I almost want to give up.. I hope I here from you and sure hope I get some help thanks you for your time…I went for a bank loan for 10.000 grand I get no where because have nothing for clitoral. so sad I just want to be happy for once in my life. thank you for your time .please email me back or call me at 715521190. thank you very much.

  4. Beth, Dwaine , and family, all the family. Life is always asking us to make changes. We are to love and respect our child no matter how they are delivered to us. Well sometimes we need to step aside and just observed, wow that is hard! Life is the teacher, we all learn at our own pace. So must our children. It is hard to observe. But we must step back, still love our children, but not hover. Life continues to teach me I am not alone. I am an instrument of the long reach from God to HIS children. I am HIS instrument. I remember your beginnings hold true to your love and beliefs. Life is not perfect, many times disappointing, not always joyful, But always, always surprising. Keep on loving each other, family, extended family, and anyone that is willing to listen. All the best to you both and those you love!!!!!

    • Dear dog and beth my mom and I are big fans of your show ! We love good Christian people like you !

  5. Dog an beth an chrildren i love ur show i have been watching it for the last couple years i love yall i would love to meet yall dog beth the whole crew i have had alot of problems in my life i have told my husband for years now i want to meet all of u wish i could if yall ever in nashville area plz let me no plz look me up love yall

    • My husband and I watch your family tv show every morring beth I really think your a good person

    • Beth is such a phony and doesn’t hide it well. She treats Duanne Lee so bad and takes every opportunity to degrade him on the old show. It’s so obvious that it’s hard to watch. She really is one of those people that loves being the bully.

      • patti are you watching the same show i am or did you lose your glasses and hearing aid ? i’ll wait here while you grab them or buy some and hit the rewind button. duane lee quite often puts down beth behind her back ! it’s rare he will tell her to her face while beth has no problem telling duane lee straight on. yes, no one is perfect, families do have differences of opinions and can hold grudges and both ”blood” and ”step” families can have a falling out. i’ve seen stepkids/stepparents get along better with new family members than with each other and visa versa. it happens. just as you have the rite to like or dislike beth. you were talking phony, patti ? umm, duane lee could be more of a man and watch his words and also be more respectful to all women. i still like both him and beth. life’s too short, bra ! cant we all get along, love?

  6. Beth is delusional if she thinks she looks good. She is too old and too “fluffy” to wear decorations on her eyebrows, short shorts, blouses with plunging neckline and high heels, it is clownish. And why does Dog never button his shirt? It is really gross. I blame Beth for Duane Lee leaving. I understand that Baby Lyssa wants to stay home with her children. Beth has treated Duane Lee awful the whole time. I will still watch the first show but not the new one. I like Leland but that is it. Cecily was right there to join when Beth ran DL off. That is strange. She is partial to Cecily, Garry Boy and Leland (because he lets her scream throw fits.)
    Ok, I am done.

    • Beth is the only one I don’t like on the show. She is nothing but a loud mouth lowlife. She is so fat and insists on wearing cloth that are not ment to be worn by fat people.

    • Your a jerk…Beth looks wonderful.. Guess your just insecure and jealous.. they’re wonderful beautiful Christian people talking about Beth is really really low!! I think you need to second think what you say Beth you’re awesome I love your show and you’re a wonderful big hearted loving human being❤ And the Lord is blessing you and your family ignore ignorance!!. Didn’t your momma teach you if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all!!you’re probably wanted that’s why you would say such a thing they help people they’re trying to straighten out all our troubled people..I really can’t believe how cruel and wrong you are…love the whole Chapman family..❤ Tina Diforti.. can’t wait till your new season comes out

      • COME ON! ITS TV…. CHILL OUT. I dont like Beth either. She makes the show even faker than you should expect. And as a bounty hunter is useless. And really looks kind of freakish if you ask me. But that is her right to look how she wants. Even if it is a bit scary. But in the end IT IS TV.

  7. I watch the show daily , I record them and watch them over and over. We should pray for dog, he is always telling people to stop their addictions but he has one that should not be seen on TV in front of children. Smoking is a bad thing. Look how it is making you look so old Dog. and your swearing is bad. You can get your job done in the name of Jesus without all that. I know you want drama but not before the Lord. I care for you all and I wish the family was all together and hope they come back to join you. You are loved.

  8. I am house-bound, so my pc and the tv are my means of enjoyment. I got serious ’bout watching Dog and the clan about 6 mos. ago, and became addicted. It’s brave that they share their family problems with the world, showing that everybody has ’em . I just read that Baby Lyssa has a book out, and can’t wait to read it. In my opinion, you would never know that there was the slightest bit of family animosity, that’s any different from anybody else. What I really love is the profound words that come out of the Dog, and how he mixes some of them with humor. It is a reality show that tops most others. IMO of course. Thanks for letting me chat.

  9. I am happy to see the good coments far outweigh the bad. Whoever considers them “white trash” must not be aware of all the good they do for people. Shame on you!
    Love Dog and Beth, but will miss Duane Lee and Baby Lyssa. God Bless you all.

    • I agree with the thought of what this family is doing to help others. Larry & Ms , if you don’t like this show or the family, WHY do you know so much? I know what it is to have a family business and you want to be together as a unit. I give many thanks to Dog, Beth, Leland, Lyssa, and Duane Lee. You put your family business out there so others who have NO idea what day it is can cut your family down! Shame on them, keep up the good work! I have your books over and over when I CAN GET THEM FROM THE LIBRARY, looking forward to #3. Love to all!

  10. What what a surprise, these white trash people have family issues. Who would have guessed? If my mom looked like miss piggy on this show, sure I would have had issues too. Total white trash these people are.

  11. Beth is really shady person I believe she is really jealous of dog’s children., she’s extremanly rude and over weight but she’s the brains behind the business

  12. I love your show I watch your show every morning and sometimes longer on Saturday on SUNDAY I WAS HOPEING IT WAS LONGER IS ANYWAY THAT YOU COLD SEND ME A T SHIRT PLEASE THANK YOU YOUR BIG FAN HEATHER MEEKER

  13. I like watching the episodes of Dog & Beth. I hope they come back soon. I agree with Roni above, the treatment center available to people with not enough money, are just not good enough or long enough, thats why so many fail. These kids need more than 30 or 90 days, maybe even a year or two. Plus a lot of times these kids are very slick, making councilors believe they are ready, as soon as they get out, back to the same game of crime & drugs. Had it in my own family. It is not a fun process at all and causes a lot of family problems. In my case death stopped the problems. Always worse for those left behind.

  14. I love “the Chapmans working together” in the older shows before CMT. My hub and I just learned about the previous seasons a month ago. We can see the love and bond they have for their entire family and the same troubles we all have in this life together as brothers and sisters. We wish this for our family. We would love to meet these dinamic ppl. Our son is in prison for drug related problems. Wish Duane (Dog) and Beth could of picked him up when he had warrants. Maybe he would of recovered earlier in his life. His dad and I are disappointed in the states recovery programs. Here they are not very successful because we don’t have choices what recovery center to attend. Everybody has diff needs. Dog, Beth and their family have taught us so much and we are glad we found this show. Chapmans come back soon to reality TV. We love you! God bless each and every one of you. Thank you for showing how lives can be turned around. It has given us faith that everything will be alright. Duane lee and baby lyssa we miss you!

  15. I have been watching your show now for about 2 years now , love watching it very much .I would love to meeting all u n person but know that wont happen what u do . keep safe …prayers to your family

  16. Beth and Dog, I am one of your biggest fans. I started watching your show several years ago. I was told by someone that you guys only arrested black people so I wanted to see for myself. Several years later I am still watching your show and have found that that person who was a hater was wrong. You all are so family oriented and I love it. Beth you are a bad women. Stand up for your family and Dog at all cost. You go girl!!!!! I am 65 and retired I have five kids, seventeen grandkids, and two great grandkids with one on the way. I am very family oriented and believe me you never get to old to learn. I have been through some things but nothing compared to you guys. I also love the way you put god first in your lives. Love you guys and would love to meet you if you are ever in St. Louis. Keep up the good work. Love you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Dog and Beth I feel all of you are part of my family. I have laughed with you and cried with you over the years I love you and the team and you all have my prayers. Is there a season three? I sure hope so. I miss seeing you guys!

  17. I watch your show all the time .I Think it is a great show.What ever is going on with your children it will be alright.A lot of people has problems with grow children but it will all work out .I just want BETH dog to know that I love your show and if I had one wish it would to met Beth and DOG .keep up with the good job .Our prayers are with you .

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