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TLC canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo when the scandal broke that Mama June got back together with Mark McDaniel, the man who molested her daughter Anna Cardwell. The network had nearly completed filming for the fourth season when they decided to pull the plug and not air the footage – and they blame Mama June entirely! As a result Mama June will lose most of her salary for the unaired season – but her three daughters will be paid-in-full! 

TLC has made the decision to put paycheck money in trust for Pumpkin, Chubs, and Alana Thompson, while seriously reducing June’s earnings under the stipulation that she violated the networks “morality” clause when she entered into a relationship with a child molester. The network is confident they have the legal grounds to do this, says TMZ. 

Sugar Bear and Uncle Poodle, Alana’s uncle, will also receive their full salaries because they are not responsible for any behaviors that would have put the show at risk of cancellation. 

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Mama June doesn’t care what supposed evidence you might have – she continues to deny dating convicted child molester Mark McDaniel and Sugar Bear is right by her side! Man – this story just gets more and more messed up! 

Yesterday Mama June gave an impromptu and bizarre interview about what’s happening in her life since the story broke of her relationship with Mark and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was canceled by TLC as a result of the scandal. Standing outside her Georgia home, June laughed and acted flippantly for the cameras and saying nothing has changed with her family! “The whole truth will come out on my side,” she maintains. 

“We are doing it behind closed doors, that’s how I am. I’m very quiet. I love my family…” June remarked. “We’re just hanging out as a family and handling it privately.”

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June Shannon appears on Extra.

One of the most horrifying reality TV stories we’ve ever had to report is the shocking case of Mama June rekindling her romance with Mark McDaniel, the man who spent 10 years in prison for molesting her then 8-year-old daughter Anna (“Chickadee”) Cardwell. This week Anna revealed that as an elementary school student when she initially told June about Mark abusing her, June did not believe her, but luckily a school teacher did and Mark spent 10 years in prison for child molestation.

Upon his release June has seemingly reignited their flame, dumping Sugar Bear, resulting in TLC pulling the plug on the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo empire! June certainly is giving up a lot for tainted love – including the possibility of losing custody of her three minor children: Chubs (17), Pumpkin (14), and Honey herself, Alana. June has introduced Alana, 9, to Mark and the two were photographed together. 

Now details from the police report and trial of Mark McDaniel have emerged revealing the absolutely horrific abuses he enacted against Anna, who was SO brave for coming forward and telling the adults in her life what she was going through. Anna initially told an elementary school teacher, who shocked by the graphic and very specific details of Anna’s story, immediately alerted authorities. 

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I hate the reminders that our favorite reality stars are human just like us.  We get so invested in their lives, that it is always sad when bad news strikes.  Of course, for the family of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, it's the hardships that seem to make them stronger.

Mama June Shannon has been keeping fans updated on husband(?) Sugar Bear's condition as he's been in and out of the hospital several times in the past year.  While she's always tackled his health with a bit of humor, now she's staying mum on what's wrong.

She does assure fans that Alana's dad is still enjoying family time with his girls, and the crew remains upbeat as their scratch n' sniff season premiere approaches.

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Well this is just…gross.  Y'all know I love all things Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, but do I want to smell them?  Not really.  Sadly, TLC thinks that I do.  Don't worry.  The network thinks you want to smell Mama June Shannon, Sugar Bear, Alana Thompson and crew as well.

With the new season of HCHBB right around the corner, TLC has a brand new way for fans to be part of the action.  As the girls fart and burp their way through a day filled with June's forklift foot and infamous 'sketti, now you can be a part of the aroma-filled action.  Still reading without gagging?  Just wait…

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It's been a hard holiday weekend for the Shannon/Thompson family, and things don't seem to be looking up for the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo clan.  Here's hoping they get some good news soon.

As we posted on Saturday, Sugar Bear is in the hospital, and tests are being run.  Unfortunately, June Shannon doesn't have much more to report on his condition.  Also, their sweet pooch China, who often appeared on the show (he was particularly visible in most of the train shots) passed away over the weekend as well.  The whole family, especially Alana Thompson, is having a difficult time dealing with the loss.

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HERE COMES MAMA JUNE! Wedding celebration of Mama June and Sugar Bear in McIntyre, GA

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo's Sugar Bear (aka Mike Thompson) was rushed to the hospital last night, but all is okay for now. 

June Shannon shared on Facebook about Sugar Bear's latest medical scare, "just wanted everyone [to] know sugarbear was taken to the hospital earlier tonight after getting dizzy and passing out, their [they're] running test on him to see what's going on. So far everything is coming back ok so no answers yet, will update when we know something! Thanks for the prayers & concerns as always! ♥"

Sugar Bear wound up having emergency surgery last fall after a wound on his leg became infected, but it sounds like this most recent scare was nothing serious.

Mama June, Sugar Bear, Alana and the crew return to our screens this summer.  We'll get a close up look at their wedding/commitment ceremony held earlier this month and more.

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 Photo Credit: Thibault Monnier, PacificCoastNews.com

 

 

I'm going to be totally honest, which seems to be my theme with these Here Comes Honey Boo Boo posts.  Here's the deal, one hundred percent of the time when I'm writing, it's because I love to express my opinions through the written word.  Eighty percent of the time I'm snarking, it's because I find humor in such crass sarcasm, and seventy-five percent of the time I'm watching these shows, I'm watching because I'm deeply enthralled…not just on the level of reality television, but as if I'm a sociologist with the stars, the viewers, the blog commenters, and Andy Cohen all as my study materials.

If I had to create a Venn diagram with each circle encompassing writing, snark, and a genuine affinity for programming (respectively), I can only guarantee that one show would make it to the center of that triad on a consistent basis.  That series is, of course, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.  If you take the viewers, the haters, and the family, you have such a study in socioeconomic groups, family dynamics, gender stereotypes, childhood obesity, charity, pigs as pets…the list is infinite.  Alana Thompson and her family are literally taking pop culture by storm.

I am likely to get skewered as this post continues, but I owe y'all the thanks for my thick skin.  Maybe it's because I'm from the South (and no, I have never seen a family like the Shannon-Thompsons on a regular, non-televised basis), or maybe it's because I spent a lot of time teaching in the public school system where I met my fair share of Alanas who didn't have the support at home, but I look at this family and see something special.  Call me uneducated (you'd be wrong), call me lacking in taste (let's call it a draw), or call me high on a fried chicken binge (I should be so lucky), but I adore this crew.  If you've never watched it because you're disgusted, I can't blame you one second.  I think only my teaching background (there are things with those children you can't un-see!) afforded me the luxury of not gagging during the majority of the season.  However, before you jump to judgment having never viewed anything more than a forklift foot promo commercial, I implore you to read on about Mike "Sugarbear" Thompson's (you know, Alana's dad with the dip and constant subtitles) homosexual younger brother.  Without further ado, I present to you a Poodle retrospective.   

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