Talk about killing the goose that laid the golden eggs.
Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson’s original appearance on TLC’s bizarre reality show Toddlers & Tiaras wound up being a cash cow for her family. Viewers tuned in to rubberneck at the antics of parents “Mama June” Shannon and Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson and their kids: Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon, and Anna “Chickadee” Shannon. A new addition, Anna’s newborn daughter Kaitlyn, was also added to the mix.
The TLC spin-off series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo ran for four seasons and likely could have gone on. There was reportedly more show footage shot to be released. But TLC has pulled the plug.
Then, in October reports surfaced that Mama June was now dating a man who was registered as a sex offender. Mama June denied it. But the stink was on.
According to reports, Mama June was seen out and about with old boyfriend Mark McDaniel. McDaniel has done jail time for child molestation.
It’s one thing for a reality TV star to talk about anal sex, deride homosexuals, and generally preach intolerance on a regular basis. But there are children on this show. TLC shelved its unseen footage and said goodbye to Mama June and her brood.
“We are currently reassessing the reports,” the network said, “but we do not currently have Here Comes Honey Boo Boo in production”.
Now Mama June has come forward again, this time talking with Dr. Phil about the whole mess.
“He’s moved on, he’s got a girlfriend and it’s not me,” she told Dr. Phil of McDaniel. “I would never take my child around someone like that,” she insisted, even though there are photos showing just that very thing.
Now that her television show is no more, June just wants to get on with life and get off the tabloid covers.
“I have nothing to hide, I have nothing to lose,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I just want, honestly, to tell my side of the story and let’s move on.”