A&E has announced that Dog the Bounty Hunter will be back this summer for a fifth season. It pulled from the air last November, following in an incident in which its star, Hawaii-based bounty hunter Duane ''Dog'' Chapman, used a racial slur in a taped telephone conversation.
On Wednesday, Chapman was flanked by his family and a civil rights organization representative when A&E announced his comeback in a carefully orchestrated press conference.
A&E spokesman Michael Feeney, ''It's not about ratings.... We know his heart. We know him and know he's not a racist.''
New episodes, including some from the show's fourth season that have yet to be aired, are expected to be ready after June 25.