“Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider is fuming that TV Land has pulled the plug on reruns of the humorous adventure show.
The actor, who played Bo Duke on the popular early ’80s series, expressed his anger over the show being drawn into the controversy over the Confederate flag, with a provocative tweet showing Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Roof burning a U.S. flag while wearing a Gold’s Gym shirt.
“I am grossly offended by flag burning. But … is the Gold’s Gym logo to be considered a symbol of racism as well now?” Schneider tweeted Wednesday.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter later, the actor said he was “saddened that one angry and misguided individual can cause one of the most beloved television shows in the history of the medium to suddenly be seen in this light.
“The Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider (r.) has decried TV Land canceling reruns of the show.
“I’m kidding of course, but has it really come to this?” he said. “Come on TV Land, can’t we all just watch TV?”
TV Land confirmed to the Daily News on Wednesday that “Hazzard” reruns had been pulled from the schedule.
While a reason was not given, the decision came amid a time of ongoing debate about the Confederate flag — which is painted on the roof of the Duke brothers’ iconic 1969 Dodge Charger named the General Lee.
“‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ was and is no more seated in racism than ‘Breaking Bad’ was a show seated in reality,” Schneider said about the program.
From left, John Schneider, Tom Wopat and Ben Jones played Bo Duke, Luke Duke and Cooter on “The Dukes of Hazzard.”
“Are people who grew up watching the show now suddenly racists?” he added. “Will they have to go through a detox and a 12-step program to kick their Dukes habit? ‘Hi … My name is John. I’m a Dukesoholic.'”
The 55-year-old actor also posted a YouTube video Wednesday in which he further shared his thoughts on the topic.
“The thing that you need to understand is that people have lost their lives,” he said.
“This is not about a television show. It’s not about a flag … it’s about the fact that people have lost their lives and that is what we should be thinking about.”
John Schneider (r.) and Tom Wopat (l.) played the Duke cousins who drove around Hazzard County in their Confederate flag-topped car.
“Do I think taking ‘Dukes’ off TV Land is silly?” he continued. “Yeah, of course I do … I think it’s an error because ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ was one of the most beloved shows ever … and now it’s being cast in a terrible light that it does not deserve.”
“And I’m not talking about the flag,” Schneider noted. “I’m talking about ‘The Dukes of Hazzard.'”
The actor concluded the clip by asking viewers to spend time “praying for the families and loving one another.”
Schneider starred on “Dukes of Hazzard,” which ran from 1979 to 1985, along with Ben Jones, who portrayed Cooter
Jones, a former congressman, made headlines last week after declaring his support for the Confederate flag in a Facebook post.