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Report: TLC cancels ‘Honey Boo Boo’ because mom dated child molester (VIDEO)

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Alana Thompson, better known to the world as Honey Boo Boo, on TLC's "Toddlers & Tiaras" appears on CNN's Starting Point August 7, 2012.

LOS ANGELES (CNN) — TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is ending its run.

On Friday, TMZ reported that the network has canceled the series in light of claims that the program’s newly separated matriarch, June “Mama June” Shannon, is dating Mark Anthony McDaniel, a man who served 10 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated child molestation in 2004 and who is a registered sex offender.

Shannon said the reports that she’s dating McDaniel are “totally untrue” but confirmed that “as of right now, there will be no more production of the show.”

Speculation that “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” was headed for cancellation began Thursday, when some outlets reported that the show’s future was in jeopardy because of Shannon’s alleged relationship with McDaniel.

In a statement, TLC said that it was “very concerned about this new information” and was “reassessing the future of the series.”

As rumors about her romantic life flew, Shannon tried to clear them up with a post on the personal Facebook page of daughter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson.

“I want to make a post trying to clear up the rumors,” Shannon said Thursday. “(R)emember you can’t believe everything you read! (People) 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.”

TLC began “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” in August 2012 as a spinoff of its child pageant reality show, “Toddlers & Tiaras.” Alana Thompson was one of “Tiaras’ ” breakout stars, and “Honey Boo Boo” was launched to follow the spunky kid and her family at their Georgia home.

The series, which also starred Alana Thompson’s three older sisters and her dad, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, averaged 2.4 million viewers an episode in its first season, establishing itself as a reality TV hit. The show’s fourth season wrapped up in August with 1.8 million viewers.

Rumors about the show’s future were already floating in September, after Shannon’s separation from partner “Sugar Bear” Thompson.

Now, with production ceased, Shannon is focused on gratitude.

“We just want to thank from the bottom of our hearts the support that we’ve had from our fans since May 2012,” she said in a separate Facebook post set up to answer questions from fans. “This experience has been awesome to us. … Me and Sugar (Bear) really have broken up, but we are friends. We’re better off friends than we were a couple. Things happen for a reason in life, and you live and learn.”

CNN’s Lisa Respers France contributed to this report.

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6 comments

  • Peggy Sue Case

    I never watched the show, but if that is the truth that she dated that person 10 years ago why is TLC punishing Honey and the rest of her family for something that happened before she was born ( Honey Boo Boo). Seems a little vindictive to me.

    • SOJ

      Yeah, because that woman is so intelligent and trustworthy. If she had not seen the guy in 10 years, I am quite certain there would be no issue. Granted none of us have any facts, but I hardly believe what she is saying. She is having a hard enough time reading the script. “Uhm”. She is the “type” that would date the guy. She lacks morals as it is.
      For the life of me, I do not understand how anyone could watch that drivel. Every minute viewed, is 1 brain cell dead.
      I know many who actually watched it because it WAS so damn stupid

      • Cody

        I was told almost nothing about this show except probably what you heard and people told me they watched it cause of how stupid they were so I was curious. I watched the first 3 episodes and you know what? it was actually entertaining and yeah they are kinda redneck but I’d say they are smarter than quite a few other reality stars I’ve seen (Jersey Shore) I definitely believe her, in the show she even mentioned she wouldn’t get married again because she doesn’t want her attention to be divided from her kids which is probably why she broke up with mike. You probably haven’t watched any of the show from the sounds of it yet you feel comfortable judging her intelligence and if she is trustworthy or not simply from what you have “heard” on the internet cause everyone here is so intelligent and incredibly trustworthy. Yea I’m skeptical on why they actually canceled the show cause this sounds like a BS excuse but whatever the reason is I don’t believe this is it and that’s based on what I HAVE seen of her and her family on the show, not what people said on the internet to appear to be funny.

  • brandy

    I just want to say im so sad to see your family off the air! I enjoyed following your familys adventures. Hilarious!! Take care!!

  • justin

    So stupid. What if she’d been dating a murderer, or a bank robber or an illegal alien? Is that OK? What if she drives slow in the left lane or has excessive flatulence? Is that OK? So sad to see that we are turning into such a nation of over-sensitive wimps.

  • shawna

    Honestly who give a shit, its her personal life she can do what she wants, its her reality show and regardless of her situation this show is funny and entertaining. … i support momma June and the rest of the family!!!