TV Land Pulls Dukes of Hazzard Reruns amid Confederate Flag Controversy
The network quietly ceased airing reruns of the show this week but declined to state why
Fans of the good ol’ boys of The Dukes of Hazzard will have to look elsewhere for their daily fix of the show: PEOPLE has confirmed that TV Land, which had previously been airing the show twice a day, has dropped the series from its schedule.
Though TV Land has declined to comment on its reasons for the change, many assume the choice stems from a controversy surrounding the Confederate flag, which is prominently painted on the roof of the Duke brothers’ famous Dodge Charger, the General Lee.
National retailers including Walmart and Amazon have made similar moves recently, announcing that they would stop selling Confederate flag-related merchandise in the wake of June 17’s racially motivated shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Dukes of Hazzard, which aired on CBS from 1979 to 1985, followed the adventures of cousins Bo Duke (John Schneider) and Luke Duke (Tom Wopat) in fictional Hazzard County, Georgia. Last week, actor Ben Jones, who played Cooter on the series, said the flag in the context of the show was not a symbol of hate.
“I think all of Hazzard Nation understands that the Confederate battle flag is the symbol that represents the indomitable spirit of independence which keeps us ‘makin’ ‘ our way the only way we know how,’ ” he said on Facebook.”That flag on top of the General Lee made a statement that the values of the rural South were the values of courage and family and good times.”
Schneider has also defended the show’s use of the flag.