Duane “Dog” Chapman Marries Francie Frane; ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ Star Explains Why His Daughters Were Excluded From the Wedding

“We’re married! …And trying to justify my previous use of racial slurs.”

Duane “Dog” Chapman and fiancé Francie Frane are officially married. 

The couple tied the knot Thursday in Colorado, after meeting by chance last year and connecting over the loss of their respective spouses. Beth Chapman, Dog’s wife of 13 years, passed away from cancer in June 2019, while Francie lost her husband Bob six months earlier, also to cancer. 

The wedding took place at an estate called The Pinery At The Hill.

Days before Dog and Francie’s wedding, the couple told ET they planned to recite their own vows while honoring their late spouses. 

“We have been doing that all along,” Francie said. “We have done that privately, and in our vows, we will be honoring them. We honor them all the time. And so we will continue to do that throughout their lives. Throughout our life together, we will continue to do that. They will be a part of that always.”

Dog and Francie announced their engagement in May 2020, months after Dog’s rumored girlfriend Moon Angell confirmed she and Dog were no longer living together. 

While Dog promised his and Francie’s big day would be “the celebrity wedding of 2021,” the event wasn’t without controversy, as Dog’s daughters Cecily and Bonnie didn’t receive an invite to the nuptials. 

According to Bonnie, she was excluded from her dad’s wedding due to her support of the Black Lives Matter movement, alleging that her father is homophobic and racist– the latter referring to a 2007 phone call in which Dog used the N-word six times while arguing with his son. 

Dog denied his daughter’s claims and accused her of being “brainwashed.” 

“She’s been fed what to say,” he said. “I have three men on my staff that are gay. My daughter is gay, Baby Lyssa. I don’t understand why anybody would ever say that. Would I die for a gay man or a Black man? I would lay down my life.” 

He later told Us Weekly that Cecily and Bonnie weren’t invited because “they’ve fallen in with a bad crowd and are working with the wrong people — I know because I’ve not only had dealings with them, but arrested them myself previously. This is exactly why we had to exclude them.”

“They’ve fallen in with a bad crowd and are working with the wrong people — I know because I’ve not only had dealings with them, but arrested them myself previously,” he told Us. “This is exactly why we had to exclude them.”

As for his previous use of the N-word, Dog told ET he thought he was permitted to use the slur, “kind of like Eminem.”

“I thought I had a pass in the Black tribe to use it,” he said, using “tribe” to describe the former inmates he met while imprisoned in 1979. 

Dog said the racial slur was “used back and forth” in prison “as maybe a compliment,” and while he acknowledged the word is not acceptable to use, he doesn’t believe his use of it in 2007 makes him a racist. 

“My pass expired for using it, but no one told me that,” he said. “To say a racist name doesn’t qualify to make you a racist.” 

As for Dog and Francie choosing not to invite Bonnie to their wedding, Francie said it was “heartbreaking,” but ultimately a decision they had to make. 

“We’ve been through hell – him and I – in the past three years,” she added. ” … And I am not going to allow our day to be ruined by this nonsense.” 

RELATED STORY: Duane “Dog” Chapman Announces Engagement to Girlfriend Francie Frane; Dog’s Children Voice Their Support on Social Media 

(Photos: Instagram) 

24 Comments

  1. That almighty dollar ain’t coming in from their Daddy having a tv show no more either.

    That’s more than likely why Cecily and BJ don’t want nothing to do with Dog anymore and they’re just spinning it to make it look like HIS fault and not THEIRS!!!

    They respect him as long as that dough is a rollin in!!!

    I dont respect my dad either but for a totally different reason. My dad has never given me anything but grief!!!!


  2. I don’t think he should have gotten married! It took him how long to marry Beth! Very disrespectful to her children & yours! You are a grown man act like one!


    1. Beth became a common law wife after I believe 5 years. They just didn’t make official and legal until 20.

      Yes he’s a grown man but that right says he makes his own decisions.

      I wish him the best.


  3. Homophobic??

    That’s why he had lesbians ride in his car several times on DTBH, right Bonnie Jo?!!

    He and Beth even prayed with one before going into the jail!!

    Why would a person who’s “homophobic” do that??

    Oh and they had a photoshoot advertising for that No H8 internet company that fought against cyberbullying or bullying of any kind against gays and lesbians.

    I can’t stand BJ, she didn’t shed a tear when her mom died…not one single tear!!

    Who the hell does that? I cried FOR DAYS when my mom died, its been 19 years and I still cry sometimes!!


    1. Also, if memory serves me correctly, wasn’t Baby Lyssa in a relationship with a female for a short while not long ago?

      So, how can he be homophobic if he was accepting of that?!!


        1. When Beth was going into the hospital for her surgery to remove the tumor in her throat Baby Lyssa was the first they called to come be with Dog because they didn’t want to worry the younger children (Cecily, BJ, Garry Boy and grandson Travis) but knew they would worry.

          And Lyssa’s response was “my girlfriend’s brother just died so I need to stay and watch the dogs”, their next call was to Leland and he came as soon as he could.

          She got with the girl in 2018, Beth died in 2019, Lyssa was front and center at the funeral, helped with the planning and everything.

          Only 6 of Dog’s children were even there (Wesley, Leland, Cecily, BJ and Gary). I didn’t see Travis but I’m sure he was there.


  4. Their saying has always been “find them and fix them”. Francie looks like she been rode hard and put out to pasture!! Maybe that’s what attracted him to her, not his need for a woman but his need to “find and fix”??

    Just a thought.


  5. This guy just seems like he constantly needs a woman in his life. First, Beth and then her friend or whoever it was that he swore he wasn’t dating and, now, this lady! I guess nothing is wrong with needing companionship but it seems like he’s letting these women come between him and his kids which is never okay! They just lost their mom too and I’m sure need their dad quite a bit still!!


    1. Yep, that’s part of why he has 20 kids. As soon as he was on the outs (or just wasn’t having fun anymore) with his current woman, he’d shack up with the next who would have him. And I’m sure he either just didn’t care about raising that many kids (thinking the women would just do it with or without his support) or he was honestly trying to knock up these women so they’d keep his worthless hide around.

      There’s also plenty of reasons Dog doesn’t get along with a lot of his kids.


        1. AND HES THERE FOR EVERY SINGLE DAMN ONE OF THEM…MINUS BARBARA KATY THAT DIED IN ’06, ZEDIDIAH THAT DIED AT 30 DAYS OLD, DUANE LEE WHO LETS FACE IT HAS AS OF 2012 TURNED INTO A COMPLETE ASSHOLE, TUCKER WHO LAST I HEARD WAS HOPPED UP ON ICE AND IN AND OUT OF JAIL, AND CHRISTOPHER (HIS 1ST WHO WAS PLACED IN FOSTER CARE AND LATER ADOPTED AFTER THE MOTHER COMMITTED SUICIDE AND DIDN’T EVEN TELL DOG HE HAD A KID)

          CECILY ISN’T EVEN HIS BIOLOGICALLY, DOG ADOPTED HER AFTER HE STARTED DATING BETH.

          CECILY EVEN SAID THAT THE REASON SHE FEELS THAT HE DIDN’T INVITE HER OR BONNIE JO TO THE WEDDING IS BECAUSE THEY REMIND HIM SO MUCH OF BETH THAT IT WOULD BE PAINFUL TO LOOK AT THEM WHILE HE WAS MARRYING ANOTHER WOMAN.

          IT’S BONNIE WHO’S SPOUTING THIS RACIAL SLUR SHIT OFF BECAUSE SHE’S PISSED AND RETALIATING FOR NOT GETTING HER WAY!!


          1. A puppy?? What you on??

            It’s called being A FAN, I know what it’s like to go through life being treated the way he’s been treated (he has said that he went through life getting beat and called worthless by his father and that’s why he decided to change after several bad decisions and run ins with the law and be on the right side of the law) and then become a person that SOME admire and get slammed by people that probably don’t know an effing thing and just want to spout off because they think it makes them “look good” and “feel important”.


        2. Funny how speaking your mind gets downvoted, guess I touch some nerves!!!

          HOW ABOUT A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR TRUE DAT… NOTHING…OH WELL!!!!

          ILL APPLAUD MYSELF…👏👏👏👏👏…GOOD JOB TRUE DAT!!!


          1. I’m genuinely sorry you’ve had a rough go.

            A “puppy” in this instance would be offspring of a dog—a little play on words, if you will. Duane “Dog” Chapman. Maybe you’re one of the…12? children he had with…5 different women?


          2. First off thank you for the apology

            But to sit there and say “maybe you’re one of the…12? children he had with…5 different women” just because I take up for him for being what I think is genuine makes you look very unapologetic!!

            I know it’s 12…not 20. Google him and see for yourself. But I honestly can’t remember if it was with 4 or 5 women.


  6. So he isn’t racist because no one told him that he behavior and use of slurs was unacceptable. That doesn’t wreak of white privilege. I have yet to see one thing about him that isn’t problematic.


    1. No, Baby Lyssa started that rumor!!

      And he was NEVER dating Moon, he was staying in his house…sleeping on the couch because of his depression over Beth…to keep him from doing something stupid.

      He (Dog) even said on the last episode of DMW (Dog’s Most Wanted) that he often looked at her prescriptions and wondered if he should just finish them and be done but then he’d stop and wonder if when he got to heaven would Beth say “Yay you’re here” or would she say “you dumbass, why did you do that?”

      Stop throwing shade on a man that’s let’s face it ISN’T PERFECT!!! Yes he’s used racial slurs in his line of work but when your adrenaline and anger are busting at the seems who HAS NOT let things slip??

      And besides that, people need to look at the flip side of the coin and think about him growing up as a half Cherokee in a time that people weren’t as accepting to blacks or mixed races as some are now?

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