“Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider has revealed that the down-home TV classic could not be made today — because it cost a bundle.
Schneider, best known for playing Bo Duke on the ’80s series, is competing on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars” and told Fox News after the live Tuesday night show, “We were in a three-network world back then, so ‘The Dukes of Hazzard,’ as fun and as backwoods as it seemed, was still a $1.3 million an episode show in 1979. So we were a very expensive television show. So it’s cost-prohibitive, actually, to do a show like that anymore.”
The actor and country music singer reminisced about the show famed for its car chases after portraying another Southern boy, Elvis, with his partner Emma Slater on “DWTS.”
“I think it’s wonderful that people have continued to embrace, generation after generation, what I think is the ultimate family-uniting television show of all time,” he said.
To Schneider, “Hazzard” is “the show that everybody not only could watch but everybody wanted to — little kids and Grandpa and everybody in between — and there’s not a lot of television shows you can say that about anymore.”
The star also vented backstage at “DWTS” about the 2005 big-screen version of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” starring Jessica Simpson as Daisy Duke, Johnny Knoxville as Luke, and Seann William Scott in Schneider’s role of Bo. The film also starred Burt Reynolds who died Sept. 6 at age 82 as Boss Hogg.
“Warner Brothers proved they can’t make ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ anymore. … They destroyed the franchise with that one, godawful film — and shame on them for that,” Schneider said.
“The only thing I got to say about that movie was ‘No.’ I read it and said ‘No.’ So did everybody else in the cast, by the way.”
In the film, Willie Nelson played Uncle Jesse and Schneider sighed, “They portrayed Uncle Jesse as a pot-smoking old letch. It was a travesty, I thought.
“I see what ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ means to people, especially in the South. And they just didn’t understand when they made the film. You don’t make an irreverent ‘Dukes of Hazzard.'”