Dog the Bounty Hunter’s wife Beth Chapman is cancer-free.
During a two-hour special aired Monday night, the couple let fans in on the good news as Dog received a pathology report with results showing “no cancer.”
“There is a God. This could be a miracle. This could be a healing,” Dog said on the show. “[The doctor] said if I wasn’t such a good husband it wouldn’t have worked out that great. Oh I can breathe. Beth Chapman, you did it.”
The 64-year-old reality TV star, whose real name is Duane Chapman, and his wife, 50, both spoke with Us Weekly about her cancer fight, and the surgery Beth recently underwent to remove the tumour.
The couple’s experience with Beth’s cancer is the subject of Monday night’s special.
“We’ve shared almost our whole lives with fans. We’ve shared the ups and downs of this family with our fans for the last 15 years of our lives,” Beth said. “So it made perfect sense that we should share something so intimate with them as well.”
Dog recalled the difficulties he and Beth faced. “She woke up once in the middle of the night and she’s like, ‘Honey, I’m gonna die.’ I said, ‘No, you’re not gonna die and I’m not gonna hear that.’ She goes, ‘Yes, I am. You’re so stupid, how are you gonna make it by yourself?’’ he said. “It has brought us closer.”
“I’ve been with her since she was 19, she’s almost 100. Every picture I see of us together, I remember where it was,” he continued. “It just makes all those moments that you shared love a lot more real when that could be what you’re left with: just the moments. It was hard as s***.”
As for the day of the surgery, Dog said, “It was the worst day I’ve ever been through.”
Beth also believes fans will be able to take away important lessons about early detection from the TV special. “There were so many contributing factors but in my mind, my stress level was beyond what a normal person endures,” she explained. “Early detection is everything. You cannot play games with your health.”