Duane “Dog” Chapman’s life has been in turmoil since the passing of his wife Beth Chapman eight months ago, and now the Dog the Bounty Hunter star is opening up everything that has had him making headlines the past few months, including a very surprising proposal.
“Oh, I miss her,” Chapman told ET’s Kevin Frazier in an exclusive interview. “Eight months, that’s the worst part, it seems like yesterday and they say ‘time heals all wounds.’ No, it doesn’t.”
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He continued that he misses “her comments, her touch, her smell” and “Her encouragement, her, ‘I am going to hire a real bounty hunter if you don’t catch this guy,'” he continued. “Her teasing me, her [saying], ‘We say the blessing before we eat.'”
“She was the glue that held my family together. So now I got to redo it and restaple everybody — and we are all kind of brawling right now.”
He went on to talk about his daughter Lyssa’s recent arrest and his dating life with the rumors of his relationship with Beth’s longtime best friend and assistant Moon Angell. “Well, the girls are very upset because of other girls I’d be looking at,” he explained. “Or they may say, ‘Dad, they just like you because you are Dog the Bounty Hunter. They don’t like you because you are Dwayne or Dad.’ The boys are like, ‘Dad, you know, if you love them, if you like them, we are for you or whatever you decide.'”
He then opened up about the moment when he recently proposed to Angell on an episode of the Dr. Oz Show in which Angell did not accept.
“I am very lonesome,” Chapman said, before explaining that he’s turned to his assistant because “she knew Beth.” “And she talked about Beth constantly, ‘Remember what Beth used to tell us,’ and of course I would light right up when she’d say that. I was infatuated with a dream.”
“She still works for me, and takes care of the finances,” he added, “I kind of embarrassed her a little bit and I shouldn’t have.”
“I swear on my mama and on Beth that [the Dr. Oz proposal] was not rehearsed,” he revealed. “And you saw Dr. Oz was even like, ‘Oh my god.’ I knew I was gonna do it way before I done it, and I said, ‘This will stop these rumors.'”
Despite the drama, Chapman then admitted that he would date Angell if she wanted a relationship. “Yes, I am going to be honest with you, brother. Yeah, I think I would have because it was more accessible,” he admitted. Though things would have been tricky, he says, sharing that Angell has previously told him, “‘No one will ever love you like Beth did. You better stop looking for that because there is no woman alive that will ever love you like that.'”
While there is no special lady in Chapman’s life right now, he told ET that “it’s almost time” to start looking for a partner, but he’s not quite there. “I can maybe go out with a girl and eat and date a little, if that’s a date? Where, how, do you date today? I’ve forgotten!”