Remember Honey Boo Boo?
The child star of the wildly popular reality TV series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo— a show that seemed to either completely delight or completely horrify its viewers — is now ten years of age, and has been off the air for nearly two years. The TLC hit series came to an abrupt end in 2014, following a series of scandalous reports that Honey Boo Boo’s mother June Shannon — also known as “Mama June” — was dating a convicted child molester.
And the child he molested was Honey Boo Boo’s sister — Mama June’s own daughter.
Despite heated denials from Mama June that she was not dating the child molester, there was plenty of evidence that the man was not only in contact with June, but was allowed to have contact with Honey Boo Boo, as well. That was enough for TLC to abruptly cancel the series, despite its popularity. Fans of Honey Boo Boo and her eccentric, small-town Georgia “redneck” family were shocked and upset over TLC’s abrupt cancellation of the show, and the stars of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo felt completely caught off-guard, as well.
For the show’s namesake, Honey Boo Boo herself, the cancellation of her show was literally a wake-up call.
In an interview with Oprah, on Oprah’s own show Oprah: Where Are They Now?, Honey Boo Boo explained that she had no idea that the show had been cancelled until she woke up one morning, got out of bed, and realized that there were no cameras or producers in the house.
“I woke up one morning and was like, ‘Where is the crew?’ ” Alana says. “My mom was like, ‘We stopped filming the show.’ ”
It must have been a big change for Honey Boo Boo, who was only six years of age when the show began. Beginning with her wildly popular appearances on another TLC series, Toddlers & Tiaras, Alana Thompson had obviously grown accustomed to having her life filmed.
Of course, the reality TV star and former child pageant queen had, understandably, pretty mixed emotions about the cancellation of her show, saying that she was both sad and happy when she discovered Here Comes Honey Boo Boo had been removed from TLC’s line-up in the wake of her mother’s incredibly questionable relationship with a convicted child molester.
And in explaining her mixed emotions, Alana Thompson revealed that she still has that same, off-beat Honey Boo Boo way of describing her world.
“I was kind of happy about that… and at the same time, I was sad,” she said of the show’s cancellation. “So, I was ‘sa-happy?’ ”
At least viewers can rest assured that, although Honey Boo Boo’s life has changed dramatically since being taken off the air, Honey Boo Boo herself seems to have stayed much the same.
And take a sneak peek at what’s in the refrigerator at the Shannon home in the video below. The diet of the Shannon family was often a focus on the show, as Mama June’s cooking style and strange, unhealthy recipes (“sketti,” anyone?) both horrified and fascinated fans and critics alike. Today, however, Mama June reveals that her weight loss success in 2013, when she lost 100 pounds but initially claimed that it was through no effort at all, was due to some key changes in the household’s diet.
One of her more successful methods of losing weight, Mama June says, was to simply eliminate soda from her diet.
“People don’t think drinking sodas put on the weight, but they really do. I was drinking three sodas a day, and now I went cold turkey,” June explained in the video, before giving a tour of what she considers to be her “normal” fridge.
“Our refrigerator isn’t like the healthiest, but it’s just condiments and stuff like that,” Mama June says.
Tune in and catch up with the stars of TLC’s one-time hit Here Comes Honey Boo Boo — including Mama June — on this weekend’s episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now?. The episode will air on Saturday, April 30, at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on OWN.
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