TV Land has announced it’s pulling reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard from its lineup.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the network’s spokesperson did not comment on the official reason for the decision. Just last week, the popular ’80s television show was thrust back into the spotlight after Warner Bros. said it would no longer license toys or models of the iconic General Lee car featured in the show. The decision came on the heels of the tragic June shooting in Charleston, S.C., which has driven many to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from public spaces and popular imagery.
Hazzard star John Schneider shared his anger over the decision with The Hollywood Reporter.
“I am saddened that one angry and misguided individual can cause one of the most beloved television shows in the history of the medium to suddenly be seen in this light. Are people who grew up watching the show now suddenly racists? Will they have to go through a detox and a 12-step program to kick their Dukes habit?”
The star continued.
“Throwing this particular baby out with the bathwater seems reactionary and overly PC to me. If the flag was a symbol of racism, then Bo and Luke and Daisy and Uncle Jesse were a pack of wild racists, and that could not be further from the truth.”