'Dukes of Hazzard' episodes pulled from TV Land schedule in wake of Confederate flag debate
TV Land has pulled reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard off its schedule, a spokesperson for the network confirmed to EW on Wednesday.
The network did not comment further or say why the episodes were removed, but the news comes as the show became part of the growing national debate over use of the Confederate flag, which is displayed on the roof of the Duke boys’ car.
Last week, Warner Bros. Consumer Products said it would no longer license toys or models of the iconic 1969 Dodge Charger, dubbed General Lee, joining a number of other retailers vowing to stop selling Confederate flag merchandise in the wake of the deadly shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, earlier this month.
The Dukes of Hazzard originally ran on CBS from 1979-1985, following the adventures of Bo and Luke Duke in fictional Hazzard County, Georgia. One of the stars of the show, Ben Jones (who played Cooter Davenport), has come out in defense of the Confederate flag, while a Change.org petition launched Tuesday asking Viacom, Warner Bros., Walmart, and eBay to “stop banning” the hit series. As of this post, that petition has gotten nearly 700 signatures.