7:56am PT by Michael O'Connell
'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' Canceled at TLC Amid Controversy
There goes Honey Boo Boo … a statement a lot of people will likely be throwing around on Friday. TLC has officially canceled its once-hugely popular reality series about the former Toddlers and Tiaras personality (real name Alana Thompson) and her colorful family.
The news comes just a day after TMZ posted a story that alleges series matriarch June Shannon is currently romantically linked with a man convicted of child molestation, prompting an immediate response from the network that it was "reassessing" the future of the franchise. Well, TLC has reassessed.
“TLC has canceled the series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately," reads a network statement. "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.”
Shannon, "Mama June" to viewers of the series, is said to be dating Mark McDaniel, a register sex offender in the state of Georgia who spent 10 years in prison on a child molestation conviction. Shannon's relationship with McDaniel comes on the heels of word that she had split from her partner (and co-star) Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson.
Honey Boo Boo was as close to a cultural phenomenon as TLC has enjoyed since the heyday of Jon & Kate Plus 8. Though it never enjoyed the ratings bonanza of contemporaries like Duck Dynasty, it was a huge performer for the network. In summer 2012, when attention may have been at critical mass, a single telecast even out-rated most networks' individual coverage of the Republican National Convention.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was produced by Toddlers & Tiaras producers Authentic Entertainment.