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By Ray Kelly | rkelly@repub.com
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on July 01, 2015 at 9:53 AM, updated July 01, 2015 at 10:13 AM

The public battle over the Confederate flag may have driven “The Dukes of Hazzard” and the General Lee off the road.

TV Land has yanked reruns of the series from its schedule. It had been airing twice a day. The network has declined to comment on why the show was pulled.

Warner Bros., which owns “The Dukes of Hazzard,” halted production last week on toy replicas of the General Lee, the Dukes’ orange Dodge Charger. The Confederate flag is emblazoned on its roof.

“The Dukes of Hazzard” originally aired on CBS from 1979-1985 and followed the adventures of cousins Bo (John Schneider) and Luke (Tom Wopat) who raced around rural Georgia in their 1969 Charger.

Two weeks ago, actor Ben Jones, who played Cooter on the TV series, defended use of the Confederate flag on the General Lee.

“That flag on top of the General Lee made a statement that the values of the rural South were the values of courage and family and good times. 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,” he posted on Facebook.

Jones, a former two-term Democratic congressman, vowed that Confederate items will never be removed from the Cooter’s Place stores and museums he owns and operates.

Thanks Obama…Roscoe P. Coltrane would have never caught the Duke brothers. This is a tough one for me. I live in New England. I’m older than sliced bread. I grew up knowing the confederate flag waiving crowd are a different breed. I know, I do not like the confederate flag hanging from the state house in whatever hick state it’s been hanging in. Seems to me the statehouse should be a welcoming place, a place you say happy holidays, a place that helps raise up all it’s citizens. But now the General Lee is gone and it’s never coming back to TV land. But then again I don’t need it on TV land. It’s 2015 I can just find somewhere to on demand it if I need a little backwoods nostalgia. There may be some good represented in that flag and I know there is some bad represented in that flag and I know no one in any state should be celebrating any flag other than the red, white and blue. So I think I am ok with this. I do wish our world could make a change with regards to gun and racist violence with more real consequence than throwing up our fake internet outrage over a 200 year old flag on a 69 Charger but baby steps I guess.

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