The Huffington Post has reported that Duane "Dog" Chapman was all set to head to London for Celebrity Big Brother, but a pesky murder conviction from the late '70s is going to keep him from entering the United Kingdom.
Dog was denied a visa due the conviction. According to reports, Dog was 23 when, in Texas in 1976, he was in a car outside of a building when a friend of his went inside to buy marijuana. The friend apparently got into an argument with the dealer and shot him.
"It's something that follows you the rest of your life, no matter who you become or who you are," said Dog. "I'm not proud of it. In Texas in the `70s, if you were present, you were just as guilty."
According to Dog, everyone in the group was found guilty of murder. Dog was sentenced to five years in prison but paroled after only 18 months.
"I shouldn't have went and I shouldn't have been the person I was back then," he said. "It feels terrible. I'm dumbfounded. I can't believe it, after all these years, especially when we've been on television for the past nine years."
Former police officer Charles Love, who was the responding officer to the murder, submitted a statement that read that "Chapman's role in the crime was minor," and that he was a model inmate prior to release.
The UK Border Agency refused to comment, but has said that the visa was denied because of the conviction and additionally because not enough information was given about his visit.
Chapman is appealing the denial and hoping for a last-minute change of decision, even though the show was to start to this week.