June Shannon, also known as “Mama June,” the matriarchal figure featured on the popular TLC network reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, is reportedly dating a convicted child molester – which may have halted any future production of the Toddlers & Tiaras spin-off.
In a picture obtained by TMZ, Shannon, 35, can be seen cozying up next to Mark McDaniel, who was released from prison in March, after serving nearly ten years for aggravated child molestation.
According to Georgia’s sex-offender registry, McDaniel, 53, was convicted in May, 2004, after forcing oral sex on an eight-year-old, who is incidentally a relative of Shannon’s. Mama June and McDaniel reportedly had been dating at the time of the offense.
Mama June’s second-youngest of four daughters, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, has claimed that the photo featuring McDaniel was Photoshopped, and that her mother has been out of contact with him for a decade.
Shannon herself took to Facebook, and commented, “I want to make a post trying to clear up the rumors remember you can’t believe everything you read! Ppl sell stories to the tabloid everyday that r false! It isnt true i promise my kids r #1 priority over anything else and I would never put them in danger period over this or anything else they r my life this is my past I left him 10 yrs ago for it and I wouldn’t go back.”
Mama June reportedly separated from Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, the father of nine-year-old Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, in September, over suspicion of his possible infidelity.
A representative for The Learning Channel commented to People Magazine, “TLC is not currently in production on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series.”