His partner Beth has announced her candidacy for the presidency of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States, and Chapman wants to spend more time backing his wife's campaign.

"Our industry is under attack," she tells In Touch magazine. "There are bail reform movements springing up across the country that would end the cash bail systems. This would be a disaster."

Critics claim the practice of raising money for people who track down criminals is unconstitutional and should be outlawed, and Beth plans to challenge that idea.

"The bail industry provides a service to the government and helps ensure the public's safety," she says. "Removing the bail system would have a deleterious effect on the criminal justice system. It is imperative that our association, under strong leadership, fight every attempt by these social justice lackeys to remove cash bail when their only goal is to make it easier for the bad guys to get out of jail."

"For over 12 years we have shown on TV the importance of the bail industry in assisting the criminal justice system, and I have preached about how important it is that bail agents and bounty hunters conduct themselves properly," Duane adds. "We made this incredibly tough decision (to end the show) because we feel that without intervention from all of our associations, we will no longer have an industry in which to work.

"This is not an end to Dog the Bounty Hunter, but if these lawyers have their way, it will be the end of the bail system in the United States and we cannot sit by and let that happen."