Well, the one-time pop-culture phenomenon known as “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” has officially come to a very quick, and very surprising end.
According to TMZ, TLC made the decision to cancel the series due to some recent allegations made against family matriarch June Shannon and a possible relationship that she may have had with a previously-convicted child molester. Shannon denies that she and the man were romantically involved, even if they were photographed together at a small party in a hotel room.
TLC, likely to avoid any sort of PR nightmare even if June was telling the truth, deciding to just end the show right away. Given the sensitivity and the serious nature of the allegations here, probably the right move. The network said the following to the website in a 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.”
It has also been reported that TLC will pay for tutoring and counseling for Alana Thompson (a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo) and the other children, which to us seems like a nice move that allows them to transition out of this reality TV career into real life.
Thompson and her “Coupon Queen” mom were first highlighted in an episode of “Toddlers & Tiaras” years ago, and this led to the spin-off being greenlit about her bizarre life in Georgia. The family was in headlines recently when Shannon split from her longtime beau and Alana’s father “Sugar Bear,” who was also a key part of the show.
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