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Duane “Dog” Chapman is opening up about one of the final conversations he had with his late wife, Beth Chapman.

ET’s Kevin Frazier exclusively sat down with the 66-year-old Dog’s Most Wanted star at his Colorado home, where he talked about how Beth had expressed her desire to be cremated before she died. Beth died on June 26 at the age of 51 after a battle with cancer.

Beth’s body has now been cremated and her ashes have been placed in a pink box, and Duane reveals the conversation they had about what she wanted to be done with her remains.

“Well, I’ve never done ashes in my life,” Duane tells ET. “And that’s what she wanted. And then she wants me to do it and put the same thing, guess put it on the fireplace or something, so, this is the most morbid stuff. … When I was a little boy, all the Christians [said] you can’t get burned because then you won’t rise from the grave with Jesus. And then I said, ‘Honey, you know, what about that?’ She goes, ‘It’s from ashes to ashes to dust to dust.'”

“Well, she said scatter some, leave some on the fireplace, of course when I go to heaven, she wants me in the box with her,” he adds.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 07: Duane “Dog” Chapman and Beth Chapman sighting on March 07, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Aguilera/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 07: Duane “Dog” Chapman and Beth Chapman sighting on March 07, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Aguilera/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: Duane ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman (L) and Beth Chapman attend the Vettys Presidential Inaugural Ball at Hay-Adams Hotel on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images)

WAIKIKI, HI – SEPTEMBER 12: Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman and his wife Beth Chapman arrive at the CBS ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Sunset On The Beach Season 6 Premire Event at Queen’s Surf Beach on September 12, 2015 in Waikiki, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: (L-R) Chairwoman of Vettys Inaugural Ball Assal Ravandi, Duane ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, and Beth Chapman attend the Vettys Presidential Inaugural Ball at Hay-Adams Hotel on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images)

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 04: Beth Chapman, Duane “Dog” Chapman, and guests attend the 2014 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage)

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 04: Beth Chapman (L) and Duane “Dog” Chapman attend the 2014 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage)

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 05: (L-R) Katie Cook and TV personalities Duane Dog Lee Chapman and Beth Chapman attend the 2013 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 05: TV personalities Duane Dog Lee Chapman and Beth Chapman attend the 2013 CMT Music Awards – After Party at Rocketown on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 05: TV personalities Duane Dog Lee Chapman and Beth Chapman pose at the Wonderwall portrait studio during the 2013 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Wonderwall)

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 05: (L-R) Darius Rucker, Beth Chapman and Duane Dog Lee Chapman attend the 2013 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 05: TV personalities Beth Chapman and Duane Dog Lee Chapman speak onstage during the 2013 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 05: TV personality Duane “Dog” Chapman (L) and Beth Smith attend the 2013 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 07: Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman and Beth Smith arrive at the 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 07: Duane Lee ‘Dog’ Chapman and Beth Chapman attend the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 07: TV personalities Duane Lee “Dog” Chapman and Beth Chapman of Dog the Bounty Hunter arrives at the 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 06: TV personalities Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman and Beth Chapman attend The ACM Experience during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on April 6, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jerod Harris/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 05: Duane Chapman, aka Dog the Bounty Hunter (L) and Beth Chapman attend the ACM Experience during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on April 5, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jerod Harris/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)

TV personalities Duane ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ Chapman and wife, Beth Smith arrive at Comedy Central’s Roast of Charlie Sheen held at Sony Studios in Culver City. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)

TV personalities Duane ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ Chapman and wife, Beth Smith arrive at Comedy Central’s Roast of Charlie Sheen held at Sony Studios in Culver City. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)

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Duane says he wanted to keep Beth’s ashes close to him, but realized it wasn’t healthy.

“So, I wanted to put them in the car and seatbelt them in,” he says. “And I want to take them with me. But that’s like, morbid, you know? You gotta really watch it. These are the times when people go over the edge. And you really gotta watch how you do ’cause my life, I went through experiences to help others — I really mean this.”

But he also explains why he can’t bring himself to scatter her ashes and shares a few of the heartbreaking habits he still has when it comes to Beth.

“You know, I was going to do all the scattering, and then I looked at it and thought, ‘I’m not gonna throw you, like, away. I’m just gonna throw you away and start over?’ I can’t do that,” he says about why he hasn’t fulfilled her wish. “I haven’t gotten past the place where I’m still putting a pillow where she was, and covering it up, like the jailhouse escape, right? I mean it. And then I wake up in the middle of the night and I see her and it doesn’t register that ain’t her. I’m still there.”

Duane now leaves her ashes by his bed, so that he can see her every morning.

“I leave it next to the bed right there and I think that might be where it’s going to be forever,” he muses.

As for his upcoming Dog the Bounty Hunter spinoff, Dog’s Most Wanted, set to air on WGN America, Duane says he is unsure how much of Beth will be shown — but the footage he has seen of her makes him emotional.

“So, I mean, I’ve already looked at some of them, OK, and I see her and I hear her and I freaking start bawling ’cause it happened,” he shares. “I just instantly start crying … so, I think it’s also therapeutic that you have those. You know, if you lose a loved one then you have the little pictures you look at. But I have her alive in that show.”

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