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TLC Cancels 'Honey Boo Boo' Over Rumors Her Mom Is Dating A Convicted Child Molester
The TLC reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" got the axe the day after a photo circulated apparently showing Mama June hanging out with a man who had spent 10 years in prison for molesting one of her relatives.
Though its fifth season has already been filmed and the show featuring the breakout star of "Toddlers and Tiaras" was still a cash cow for the network, today TLC told TMZ that it wouldn't be airing those episodes. This comes the day after the website obtained a photo of Honey Boo Boo's mom getting cuddly with Mark McDaniel, 53, at a small party in a hotel room with a few other friends. McDaniel was just released from prison after being convicted of forcing oral sex on an 8-year-old relative of June's, TMZ says.
In a video that she posted on Facebook, Mama June denies the reports that she is dating or had any contact with McDaniel: "I would never ever ever ever put my kids in danger. I love my kids too much. That was my past. I haven't seen that person in 10 years and I don't want to see him."
Her daughter Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon told Radar Online that she thinks the photo is a fake: "It’s photoshopped."
TLC says that though they're dropping the show, they're still planning to help the family out by paying for tutors and counselors for the kids in the hopes that : "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." We can only hope...