TLC is trying to make lemonade out of 19 Kids and Counting’s Josh Duggar revealing he molested his little sisters as a teen. Although leaving the Duggars on the air would have been terrible PR, featuring Jill and Jessa Duggar—two of Josh’s victims—in a documentary special about child sex abuse strikes the perfect balance between acknowledging the problem and milking a big, troubled TV family for publicity.
More and more details about Here Comes Honey Boo Boo matriarch Mama June Shannon's past continue to be unearthed as the mother draws ire for her reported involvement with the convicted sex offender who allegedly molested her daughter. TMZ reports Mama June was prosecuted in 2009 for not paying years of child support for that daughter, Anna "Chickadee" Cardwell.
In the continuing, upsetting saga of the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo family, Mama June Shannon revealed to Entertainment Tonight (in an interview that will air this evening) that the father of two of her daughters—17-year-old Jessica Shannon and 14-year-old Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon—is convicted sex offender Michael Anthony Ford.
In another twist to the depressing Honey Boo Boo molestation saga, Mama June's 20-year-old daughter Anna Cardwell revealed to Dr. Drew last night that Mama's younger daughter Pumpkin believes Mark McDaniel is her father. McDaniel molested Anna when she was eight, and Pumpkin witnessed it, according to court docs.
While Honey Boo Boo mom Mama June Shannon has denied that she's dating the man who reportedly molested her then-eight-year-old daughter Anna Cardwell in 2002, new photos show she went on vacation with Mark McDaniel in September. Lee "Uncle Poodle" Thompson, uncle to Mama June's nine-year-old daughter Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, also went on the vacation and has published the photos in the National Enquirer.
According to Spalding County Superior Court documents obtained by Radar, Honey Boo Boo mom Mama June Shannon has two daughters who were traumatized by her child molester boyfriend, Mark McDaniel. The documents reveal that at least once during 2002, Mama June's then-three-year-old daughter Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon was in the bed while McDaniel molested her then-eight-year-old sister Anna Cardwell.
The Honey Boo Boo saga just keeps getting sadder. In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight that will air Thursday, Mama June's daughter Anna Cardwell speaks out about her mother's rekindled relationship with the man who molested her when she was eight years old. Anna says Mama June is "happy" to be back with Mark McDaniel. "She's smiling and giggling when he's around," she says.
The details surrounding TLC's cancelation of Honey Boo Boo only get sadder. TMZ reports today that Mama June never got over her convicted child molester boyfriend Mark McDaniel, even though the child he abused 10 years ago was her own daughter. TMZ says Mama June started seeing McDaniel again recently while she was still with Honey Boo Boo's dad, Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson.
June Shannon, the matriarch of the family portrayed on TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, is dating a man who molested an 8-year-old by forcing oral sex on her, TMZ reports. Mark McDaniel was convicted in 2004 and served 10 years in prison before being released in March. The child he molested was a relative of June's.
TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo returned for a third season last night. Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday that concerned TV viewers were losing their shit over these people who can't seem to keep theirs (or anything else up their asses) in. Now, the Honey Boo Boo family seems just kind of...normal.