Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was one of the most controversial reality TV shows in recent history. Featuring Mama June and her four children – Anna “Chickadee,” Jessica “Chubbs,” Lauryn “Pumpkin” and Alana “Honey Boo Boo” – the show was criticized for being “offensive,” “outrageous” and “exploitive,” but the reality TV family didn’t seem to mind. They soaked up every last bit of attention (and every last dollar) until the show was axed in October 2014. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has now been cancelled for almost two years and all we’ve learned is that the scandals that were happening off-camera were bigger than anything that we saw on the show, which is why we have for you the 9 biggest scandals to rock the reality TV family:
9. Child Protective Services Investigation
Back in 2012, Honey Boo Boo’s family became the subject of a child protective services investigation when Mama June was featured on Toddlers & Tiara’s feeding Alana a Red Bull and Mountain Dew concoction called Go Go Juice. They visited the family again when a video surfaced online of the young Honey Boo Boo dancing on a bar for money. Mama June defended herself, claiming that it was a college bar and not a sleazy one and, with the help of a court appointed attorney, Mama June was able to have the case thrown out.
Child Services investigated the family once again in 2014 when it was reported that Mama June had reconciled with convicted child molester Mark McDaniel, who had been charged with molesting her daughter Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell when she was eight years old. Child Services determined that Mama June could keep Alana as long as Sugar Bear moved back in with them.