by Michael Calia
TV Land is putting the General Lee in the garage.
The network confirmed to Speakeasy on Wednesday it is pulling reruns of “The Dukes of Hazzard” from its schedule.
The move comes amid controversy over the Confederate flag following a massacre of nine worshippers at a traditionally black church in Charleston, S.C. The flag is featured prominently on the General Lee, the fiery orange car belonging to the Duke boys, and is a central part of the popular show’s iconography.
A TV Land representative said the network, which is owned by Viacom, declined to comment beyond the fact that the show is being removed from its schedule.
Retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Ebay Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. have pulled merchandise sporting the flag, while South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and other leaders in the South have called for the flag to be removed from state grounds. Warner Bros.’ consumer licensing division stopped licensing merchandise featuring the General Lee.
“The Dukes of Hazzard,” which ran from 1979 to 1985 on CBS, followed the adventures of “good ol’ boys” Bo and Luke Duke as they evaded the corrupt and bumbling Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane and “Boss” Hogg in rural Hazzard County, a fictional region set in Georgia. The show spawned TV movies, an animated series and a 2005 Hollywood adaptation starring Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott and Jessica Simpson.