TLC has decided to cancel Here Comes Honey Boo Boo reality show after four seasons amid child molestation scandal.
The reality show was a spin-off of Toddlers & Tiaras and followed breakout beauty pageant star Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and her family in their hometown of McIntyre, Georgia.
Honey Boo Boo’s mother, June Shannon, came under scrutiny on October 23 when TMZ reported she was dating a man who was convicted and served time for aggravated child molestation of one of her relatives.
It was later revealed that June Shannon’s daughter, Anna Chickadee Shannon, was the victim of child molester Mark McDaniel. Now, Anna Shannon accuses her mother of betraying her by dating Mark McDaniel again behind the family’s back.
After that story broke, TLC released the following statement: “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.”
On October 24, the network released a new statement announcing the show’s cancelation: “TLC has cancelled <<Here Comes Honey Boo Boo>> and ended all activities around the series. TLC is faithfully committed to the girl’s ongoing comfort and well-being.”
Honey Boo Boo aired its fourth season finale in August 2014, which brought in 1.81 million viewers. A fifth season had not previously been announced.
On the same day, Honey Boo Boo’s family said in statement posted on June Shannon’s Facebook page: “We just want to thank from the bottom of our hearts the support that we’ve had from our fans, This experience has been awesome to us. Thank you guys for everything we love you all.”
On October 25, June Shannon issued a new statement defending herself: “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.”
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