If you are a fan of the cancelled TLC reality series, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, prepare yourself, because a piece of reality television history will meet its end soon. TMZ reports that the 1,368 sq. ft., three bedroom, 1.5 bath McIntyre, Georgia, house which served as the home of the cast of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo will be bulldozed to make way for new construction.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the home sat empty after Here Comes Honey Boo Boo family matriarch June “Mama June” Shannon moved to a larger home. The owner of the home listed it for $45,000 in June, 2015, nearly twice what he paid for it in 2010. Reportedly, the owner thought a new, high-tech security system and the home’s connection to Mama June, Sugar Bear, and Honey Boo Boo made the higher price a steal. Sadly, nobody agreed. So it seems the owner is cutting his losses and rebuilding.
The destruction of the Honey Boo Boo house clears up the final remnants of the reality show’s bitter, scandalous end. Focused on the Thompson family, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was a resounding success for TLC. At the center of the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo juggernaut was endearing Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, the youngest child of the family who garnered national attention on the controversial TLC reality series Toddlers & Tiaras. In fact, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was the second of three Toddlers & Tiaras spin-offs, and by far the most successful.
While the Thomspson family and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo were controversial, their warm demeanor charmed many, but the carefully crafted product began to collapse in the fall of 2014. The end began in September, 2014, when “Mama June” Shannon kicked her longtime partner, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, out of the family home. Mama June accused Sugar Bear of infidelity, and provided online dating website profiles as proof. Initially, TLC decided to retool Here Comes Honey Boo Boo to focus on how Mama June coped with being a single parent, while Sugar Bear’s segments would focus on his struggle to maintain a relationship with his family. An entire season with the new format was filmed, but it never aired, and if TLC gets their way, it will never see the light of day.
In September, 2015, shortly after she ended her relationship with Sugar Bear, TMZ accused Mama June Shannon of reconnecting with Mark McDaniel, a former boyfriend who had been convicted of sexual assault on a minor. June quickly denied that she’d had any contact with McDaniel through her Facebook account.
“I want to make a post trying to clear up the rumors. Remember you can’t believe everything you read! Ppl sell stories to the tabloid everyday that r false! It isn’t true I promise my kids r #1 priority over anything else and I would never put them in danger period over this or anything else they r my life this is my past I left him 10 yrs ago for it and I wouldn’t go back.”
In response to Mama June’s denial, TMZ released photographs that featured Mama June, McDaniel, and Honey Boo Boo house hunting. In the wake of the scandal, TLC cancelled Her Comes Honey Boo Boo, and shelved the unreleased season. Unfortunately, the worst information was yet to come as June’s eldest daughter, Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell, revealed that she was McDaniel’s victim.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was the first TLC to succumb to a massive scandal, but it wasn’t the last. Earlier this year a massive child molestation scandal tarnished the Duggar family of 19 Kids & Counting. One month later, TLC cancelled the Duggar’s show too. According to the Associated Press, a series of specials featuring other members of the Duggar family are in the works. The demolition of the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is ultimately a matter of money, the owner thinks he can get more if he builds something else on that property, but it’s hard not to see it as symbolic
[Photo via TLC]