TLC has canceled a popular reality show after news broke that one of the stars of the show is dating a convicted child molester, TMZ.com reports.
The cancellation of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” comes amid reports that Mama June, the mother of Honey Boo Boo and a star on the show, has been secretly dating Mark McDaniel, who was released from prison this year after serving 10 years for molesting a young relative of June’s, as we reported Thursday.
McDaniel was released from prison in March after serving a sentence for forcing an 8-year-old into oral sex, TMZ reports.
“We’ve learned June has denied she’s seeing McDaniel, despite a photo we posted showing the 2 of them at a small party in a hotel room. TLC clearly did not believe her and canceled the show because they felt she was putting her children at risk,” TMZ reports. “TLC has shot an entire new season of episodes but will not air them. Although the show has fallen off its ratings high, we’re told it’s still very profitable, so TLC is taking a financial hit.”
TLC reportedly plans to provide tutors and counselors for the children involved with the series. The network told the website: “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.”
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