TLC has released a statement this week, declaring that its surprise hit show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” has been cancelled. The show was a pseudo-spinoff of the popular yet controversial “Toddlers and Tiaras” which followed child beauty pageant contestants, such as Alana Thompson, or “Honey Boo Boo” as she was affectionately referred. The show followed the daily life of Honey Boo Boo, her family and brought a huge viewership to TLC. However, it appears that the show has reached its conclusion, as the cancellation was announced by TLC after allegations arose last Thursday that Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson’s mother June Thompson was engaged in a relationship with a convicted sex offender named Mark McDaniel.
Following the TMZ report that June Thompson was in a relationship with McDaniel, she took to the net and proclaimed her innocence in a short video on the program’s official Facebook page. Stating that “The statement of me dating a sex offender is totally untrue.” However, records indicate that McDaniel, whom Thompson has been seen with and photographed with recently by TMZ, was indeed convicted of aggravated child molestation in 2004, and was registered as a sex offender in 2014.
Thompson admitted to being in a relationship with McDaniel, but that it ended over 10 years ago and the photo that TMZ released was a fake.
The Thompson family have been quiet about the whole ordeal, simply allowing things to happen, without any public displays. What is clear is that TLC has pulled the plug on the program. TLC representatives were quoted as saying “TLC has cancelled the series “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately. 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.”
“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” was on the air for just over two seasons, before production halted. In that time ratings had decreased from 3.2 million viewers per episode to 1.5 million this past season.