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Scoop: ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ yanked amid Confederate flag controversy

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In this Aug. 10, 1999, file photo, “Cooter,” actor Ben Jones, sits atop one of the 229 hotrods, named the General Lee, used in the show “Dukes of Hazzard” as ecstatic fan, Aliceson Johnson, of Charlottesville, Va., sits in the drivers seat in front of his store in Sperryville, Va. (Steve Helber/AP)

This will probably not go over well in Hazzard County.

TV Land announced Wednesday that it’s dumping “The Dukes of Hazzard,” according to The Associated Press. The 1980s action comedy is best known for its Southern-fried sensibilities and for testing the aerodynamic properties of General Lee, a souped-up Dodge Charger emblazoned with the Confederate flag.

The move follows increased discussion about the flag and racism following the fatal Charleston, S.C., church shooting last month that targeted black parishioners.

The show followed cousins Bo and Luke (or Coy and Vance, after salary disputes with the original cast) as they eluded Boss Hogg, crooked commissioner of Hazzard County.

John Schneider, who played Bo on the show, disagreed with the move.
“‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ was and is no more a show seated in racism than ‘Breaking Bad’ was a show seated in reality,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “Those who seek to malign the show because the famous car it featured had a Confederate flag painted on the roof are missing the point.”

SPEARING SOME CAMPAIGN CASH

In what would have been a brilliant campaign strategy in 1999, a Louisiana gubernatorial candidate is offering an unusual perk to donors: Britney Spears tickets.

It’s just some hometown pride from Rep. John Bel Edwards, who secured the endorsement of Tangipahoa Parish kingmaker Lynne Spears, Britney’s mom, The Associated Press said.

“Our friend Lynne Spears has decided to motivate you all to contribute to our campaign to #PutLouisianaFirst,” chirps the website for the 48-year-old Democrat. “When you make a contribution, you’ll be entered to win a trip for two, to see #BritneySpears live in #LasVegas.”

As of press time, it was unknown whether Edwards had chosen “Work Bitch” or “I’m a Slave 4 U” for his campaign song.

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