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TV Land pulls 'Dukes of Hazzard' reruns amid Confederate flag controversy

"Dukes of Hazzard" reruns have been pulled from TV Land in the wake of controversy surrounding the Confederate flag.
/ Source: TODAY

"Dukes of Hazzard" reruns have been pulled from TV Land in the wake of controversy surrounding the Confederate flag — which is famously seen atop a 1969 Dodge Charger known as the General Lee, which is prominently featured on the show.

A representative for the network told TODAY.com, “We can confirm that we removed Dukes of Hazzard from our schedule, but have no further comment."

Tom Wopat, Catherine Bach, John SchneiderWarner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection

On June 24, Warner Brothers announced that it would no longer sell products featuring the Confederate flag — including "Dukes of Hazzard" merchandise.

"Warner Bros. Consumer Products has one licensee producing die-cast replicas and vehicle model kits featuring the General Lee with the confederate flag on its roof — as it was seen in the TV series. We have elected to cease the licensing of these product categories," Warner Brothers said in a statement to NBC News.

Actor Ben Jones, who played Cooter Davenport on the show, which ran from 1979 to 1985, defended the use of the flag in a Facebook post last week, calling it "a symbol that represents the indomitable spirit of independence."

His co-star John Schneider told The Hollywood Reporter, “I take exception to those who say that the flag on the General Lee should always be considered a symbol of racism. Is the flag used as such in other applications? Yes, but certainly not on the Dukes."