The future of the popular reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is being reassessed by TLC after reports surfaced linking one of the show’s stars with a convicted child molester.
TMZ.com reports that the show’s Mama June — Honey Boo Boo’s mother — has begun dating a man who was released from prison this year after serving 10 years for molesting a young relative of June’s.
“The new guy is 53-year-old Mark McDaniel. He was convicted in 2004 for aggravated child molestation. Prosecutors say he molested an 8-year-old child — forcing oral sex. June was dating McDaniel at the same time he molested the child,” the story reports.
TMZ does not identify the young victim, but notes that June has contact with the youngster. McDaniel, who was released in March, reportedly is registered as a sex offender in Georgia.
“We’re told 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,” TMZ reports. “We’re told she’s also been setting him up by buying him various gifts.”
A rep for TLC said in a statement: “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.”