Original DUKES OF HAZZARD star Ben Jones has blasted the writers and cast of the upcoming movie adaptation of his hit show for turning it into "a sex and profanity-filled" joke.

Jones, who played mechanic COOTER in the cult TV series, is annoyed with the remake, which stars Jessica Simpson, Seann William Scott and JOHNNY KNOXVILLE.

He says, "They had the opportunity to make a wonderful film, but they have turned it into Hollywood garbage.

"All the language is extraordinarily profane. These people are degrading the South and a great family TV show.

"I don't know what they were smoking when they came up with this."

03/06/2005 09:16