Dog the Bounty Hunter Says He Had a “Pass” to Use the N-Word

Duane Chapman, better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, is offering an explanation for why he previously used the N-word.

During an interview with Entertainment Tonight that published on Wednesday, Sept. 1, the 68-year-old reality TV star and fiancée Francie Frane discussed the fact that his 22-year-old daughter, Bonnie, was not invited to their upcoming nuptials that will take place on Thursday, Sept. 2. In a recent social media post, Bonnie accused her father of rac ism and said she believes she wasn’t invited because of her involvement in an UnleashedTV project called The System

, which focuses on people supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

“As hard as it is and as heartbreaking as it is, we had to make a decision that was very difficult for us,” Francie said in explaining why Bonnie wasn’t invited. “We’ve been through hell, him and I, in the past three years… And I am not going to allow our day to be ruined by this nonsense.”

For his part, Dog told ET that he doesn’t consider himself to be racist but admitted using the N-word multiple times “over 15 years ago” when referencing his son Tucker‘s partner during a phone conversation. The conversation was leaked to the media in 2007 and led A&E to temporarily pause production on Dog the Bounty Hunter, but the show later resumed following Dog’s public apology.