In the midst of a firestorm surrounding celebrity bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman, star of the hit cable series Dog the Bounty Hunter, and racially insenstive remarks he made during a leaked phone call with his son, Tucker, A&E has decided to shelve the program — one of its highest rated — pending further notice.

“In evaluating the circumstances of the last few days, A&E has decided to take Dog the Bounty Hunter off the network’s schedule for the foreseeable future,” read a network statement released Friday. “We hope that Mr. Chapman continues the healing process that he has begun.”

Following the release of the taped phone conversation, during which Dog uses racial slurs to describe his son’s girlfriend, the 54-year-old bounty hunter has offered an apology, though many have expressed doubt about his sincerity.

A&E is, for the moment, stressing that Dog the Bounty Hunter has not yet been cancelled.

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