The future of reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," which revolves around child beauty pageant contestant Alana Thompson and her family, is reportedly uncertain after a photograph emerged of Mama June, real name June Shannon. snuggling in bed with a sex offender.
In a statement cited by the media, TLC, which is owned by Discovery Communications, said that it was concerned about Mama June's new relationship. "TLC is not currently in production on 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.' We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series," the statement said.
The news of Mama June's alleged relationship was first published by TMZ. The news report claimed that the new guy, 53-year-old Mark McDaniel, was convicted in 2004 for aggravated child molestation, and he served 10 years before being released in March.
McDaniel is now a registered sex offender in Georgia.
Reportedly, the child who was molested by McDaniel is someone related to Mama June, and the victim was eight years old at the time.
Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon opened up to Radar Online about her mother's relationship with McDaniel stating: "They story is not true. My mom left Mark 10 years ago. They haven't seen nor talked [to each other] in 10 years."
Mama June is also said to be enjoying her single life now that she has split from her longtime partner Sugar Bear, after she found him trolling the Internet for women.
"She is all about the kids. She only needs us girls, no one else," Shannon said. "We are all sticking together as one happy family with us four girls." Besides Shannon, 14, Mama June is also mom to Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, 9, Jessica "Chubs" Shannon, 17, and Anna "Chickadee" Shannon Cardwell, 20.
As for the picture of her mother snuggling with McDaniel, Lauryn is adamant that it's fake. It's photoshopped," she said.
In August, Discovery cancelled "Sons of Guns," yet another reality show, after one of its cast members, Will Hayden, was arrested on charges of child rape. "Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of Sons of Guns and cancel the series," a spokesperson told TMZ at the time.