Reality series “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” has been canceled after allegations that star Mama June Shannon is dating a convicted sex offender. TMZ broke the news Friday morning that the network decided to cancel the show after fearing that June was putting her four children at risk.
“TLC has canceled the series ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately,” the network said in a statement to USA Today. “Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children’s ongoing comfort and well-being.”
The cancellation comes a day after TMZ posted a photo of June, 35, cuddled up with Mark McDaniel, 53, at a party in a hotel room. McDaniel and June previously dated, but McDaniel was arrested in 2004, charged with aggravated child molestation after forcing oral sex on an 8-year-old relative of June’s. He was released in March after serving 10 years in prison, and TMZ claims that the pair secretly began dating after June’s split from Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson.
Mama June took to Facebook to rebut the claims, stating that people can’t believe everything that they read and that her four children are her number one priority. “I would never put them in danger,” she wrote in the post on Alana Thompson's (Honey Boo Boo) Facebook page.
Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon spoke out about the accusations as well, telling Radar Online that her mother “left Mark 10 years ago,” and that she hasn’t talked to him or seen him since then. “It’s photoshopped,” she added of the photo TMZ obtained.
Despite Mama June and Lauryn’s claims of a false story, TLC will reportedly not air any new episodes even though the entire new season was already filmed. However a source told TMZ that the network will not abandon the children and will provide tutors and counselors.