TV Land Pulls Dukes of Hazzard Reruns

Confederate flag controversy hits the General Lee

Good Ol' Boys Bo and Luke Duke—and the confederate flag atop their beloved General Lee—won't be "making their way" on TV Land any longer. The cable network has pulled The Dukes of Hazzard reruns from its schedule.

The decision Monday comes as companies have begun distancing themselves from the Confederate flag following the racially motivated murder last month of nine members of a black Charleston, S.C., church. 

While TV Land yanked The Dukes of Hazzard because of the flag, it hasn't decided whether or not the move is permanent, according to a source. The show was a new addition to the network; TV Land began airing reruns twice a day on June 10.

On The Dukes of Hazzard, which ran from 1979-1985 and took place in fictional Hazzard County, Ga., the Confederate flag is displayed prominently on the roof of the General Lee, Bo and Luke Duke's 1969 Dodge Charger.

Last week, Warner Bros. said it would no longer license toys or models of the car, while retailers including eBay, Walmart and Amazon announced they would stop selling merchandise featuring the Confederate flag.

Ben Jones, who played Cooter Davenport on The Dukes of Hazzard, defended the show's inclusion of the Confederate flag on Facebook, noting that "our beloved symbol is now being attacked in a wave of political correctness that is unprecedented in our nation of free speech and free expression."

TV Land stopped airing The Cosby Show repeats last November in light of star Bill Cosby's sexual assault allegations.

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