TV Land Pulls 'Dukes of Hazzard' off the Air

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Posted at 3:35 PM, Jul 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-01 11:41:20-04

(WAAY) -- The controversy over the Confederate flag in light of last month's shootings at a South Carolina church has prompted TV Land to pull reruns of 'The Dukes of Hazzard' off the air.

The network confirmed to ABC News Wednesday that the 1980s show was pulled from its lineup but did not comment any further.

The decision came at a time when use of the Confederate flag, which was painted on the roof of the TV show's famous Dodge Charger named the General Lee, has come under fire.

Dylann Roof, the white man charged with killing nine black people at a Charleston church, was seen in pictures online posing with a Confederate flag. Friends of Roof have said he wanted to spark a race war

Alabama has removed Confederate flags from the state Capitol grounds in Montgomery, and its use in other states has become a hot topic.

Walmart, Amazon and other major retailers have discontinued sales of the flag and Warner Bros. has stopped licensing 'Dukes of Hazzard' products that use the flag.

One of the show's stars, Ben Jones, has come out in defense of the flag's use. In a Facebook message June 23, Jones, who played Cooter on the show, said the flag was a symbol "that represents the indomitable spirit of independence which keeps us 'makin' our way the only way we know how.'"

Episodes of the show are still airing on CMT.