UPDATE: 12:02 p.m. - 10/24
The TLC network says it is canceling "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," its colorful series about a young beauty pageant contestant and her family.
TLC would not explain why the series was being shelved. But this week TMZ reported that the girl's mother, June Shannon, was in a relationship with a man who was convicted of child molestation.
In a statement, TLC said that "supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority."
Filming had been completed for a new season of the series that was set to begin airing before the end of the year. The series created an immediate sensation upon its debut two years ago, but its ratings had quickly faded.
The mother of reality star Honey Boo Boo is reportedly dating a sex offender – a revelation that could end the popular reality show.
TMZ reports that June Shannon, better known as “Mama June,” is dating a man named Mark A. McDaniel, who served 10 years in prison for child molestation. Shannon is a main character on the popular TLC show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”
McDaniel, 53 of Decatur, Georgia was convicted of aggravated child molestation in May of 2004, according to the Georgia sex offender registry. He was released in March and is now a registered sex offender in Georgia.
Shannon’s daughter, and the show’s title character, is nine years old. TLC is now evaluating the future of the show, TMZ reports, which has been declining the ratings.
Gavin Stern is a national digital producer for the Scripps National Desk. Follow him on twitter at @GavinStern or email him at email@example.com