The hit TLC reality show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, has been officially canceled by the network, effective immediately. The decision to ax the show comes just one day after rumors surfaced that show matriarchal figure Mama June was dating a man who had been convicted of child molestation; one who had engaged in inappropriate behavior with one of her own relatives.
Network executives gave an exclusive statement to TMZ in which they expressed their concern for the welfare of June Shannon’s children, who they believe are currently being put at risk by her relationship with said man, who is named Mark McDaniel. Although the 35-year-old has adamantly denied any romantic involvement with McDaniel, network honchos got wind of a photograph containing the two in a hotel room together, and immediately took the situation under advisement.
Despite Shannon’s insistence that nothing was going on, TLC decided that even the possibility of such a connection was too risky and subsequently made the move to shut down further production of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo for good. Filming for the show’s formerly upcoming fifth season had already wrapped up when news of the scandal first broke, but the network has revealed that they have no intentions of airing any of them. This is said to be an extremely large financial blow to the network, as the show was one of their biggest money makers, despite all of the controversy surrounding it since its 2012 debut.
Although they no longer wish to have any involvement with airing Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, TLC officials have given a statement saying that the health and welfare of the children involved remains their highest priority, and therefore, they want to continue having a close association with Shannon’s four daughters in light of what has happened. They say that they are fully willing to assist the girls with whatever they need following the show’s cancellation; most significantly any counseling and tutoring they may need in the coming days.
Shannon herself has since released a video regarding the circumstances, in which she continues to adamantly deny any involvement with McDaniel, stating that she would never endanger her children in any manner whatsoever, and that the heads behind Here Comes Honey Boo Boo are completely misinformed. She went on to state that she has not seen the man since his conviction 10 years ago, a claim that many viewers have already called her out on due to the aforementioned photograph having been taken since his release in March of this year. She lists her 14-year-old daughter as an ally in the case, stating that she as well as McDaniel’s son can give evidence that the two are in no way romantically involved. Shannon expressed her regret at the events that have unfolded in the past day, confirmed that the show has halted production (she gave the statement that no more episodes will air for the time being, but not going as far as to echo TLC’s statement of flat-out cancellation), and thanked all of her fans for the love and support they have given the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo family over the years.
It remains to be seen whether any further episodes of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo will ever air on TLC again. For the time being, however, network executives are set in their decision to cease production of the show for good.
By Rebecca Grace