Has TLC (The Learning Channel) finally actually learned something? The reality channel is “reassessing the future” of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after TMZ broke the news “that family matriarch Mama June had rebounded from her recent split with Honey Boo Boo’s father, Sugar Bear, by dating Mark McDaniel,” a man who “just completed 10 years in prison for ‘forcing oral sex’ on an 8-year-old child—a child who also happens to be a relative of June’s.”
The show, which has suffered from a decline in ratings is not currently in production, and TLC is “very concerned about this new information.” According to TMZ, producers were unaware that Mama June was seeing registered sex offender McDaniel. “Honey Boo Boo’s mom has been seeing McDaniel for the last few months … sneaking away from production of the show and meeting up with him. We’re told she’s also been setting him up by buying him various gifts.” Is this the end of Honey Boo Boo? Will the idea of a mother of a small child dating a man who was in prison for molesting a child be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for TLC, and allow the channel to quietly kill the show?