Following the successful reality TV careers of pageant winners Eden Wood and “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” star Alana Thompson, the TLC network is reportedly cancelling the long-running series, “Toddlers & Tiaras.”
TLC has yet to officially announce that the reality show, which follows children as they prepare and compete in beauty pageant across the country, has been cancelled following six seasons on the air. “After six years the show has been officially taken out of production,” revealed one of the six production sources to step forward in response to the cancellation rumors according to a report from Radar Online. “They aren’t using the word ‘cancelled,’ but I can tell you that the show is over,” said the source, who also revealed that the reason for the shows demise is unknown.
A rep for the network declined to confirm the news Thursday, only telling Radar Online that the show is not currently casting. “Nothing has been decided at this time,” said a spokesperson.
Despite the show’s allegiance of fans, the program isn’t a stranger to controversy. Since its premiere in 2009, the series has been a source of contention among some TV viewers and professionals alike. “Little girls are supposed to play with dolls, not be dolls,” said New York clinical social worker Mark Sichel following the September 2011 scandal in which one 4-year-old was put on stage dressed as Julia Robert’s prostitute character from the film “Pretty Woman.”
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While some have shared their concerns over the beauty rituals for the pageant queens which includes, but is not limited to: false teeth called “flippers,” spray tans for toddlers and eyebrow waxing, others have stood by the longtime pageant practices. “If this were a sport, no one would question it,” said Juana Meyers, a pageant mom whose daughter MaKenzie starred on the program in season two. “This is her sport,” she added.
The last episode of “Toddlers & Tiaras,” “History of America Pageant,” airs Wednesday, October 16th at 8 p.m. ET on TLC.