‘Honey Boo Boo’s’ Mama June says father of 2 of her children is a sex offender

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Honey Boo Boo's mom June "Mama June" Shannon speaks with CNN's Showbiz Tonight. Credit: CNN

By Lisa Respers France


(CNN) — Honey Boo Boo’s mother is coming clean about her past, which she says includes her involvement with a second sex offender.

In an exclusive interview with “Entertainment Tonight” to begin airing Thursday, reality TV matriarch June “Mama June” Shannon explains why she was seen in the company of Mark Anthony McDaniel, a man who served 10 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated child molestation in 2004 and who is a registered sex offender.

Shannon also says the father of two of her children is another man who was convicted of a sex crime.

“Shannon also revealed for the first time her claim that Pumpkin’s biological father is also the father of her 18-year-old daughter Jessica,” according to ET online. “His name is Michael Anthony Ford, he is a convicted sex offender who served time for sexual exploitation of minors after being caught on ‘To Catch a Predator’ in 2005.”

Her rumored involvement with McDaniel — who was recently released after serving a 10-year sentence — touched off a firestorm that resulted in the cancellation of the popular TLC reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” in October. The show centered around Shannon and her family, including 9-year-old daughter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, who came to fame competing in child beauty pageants.

It was announced in September that Shannon had split with Alana’s father, longtime love Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson.

Shannon’s oldest daughter, Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell, 20, has said McDaniel molested her when she was 8.

Shannon told ET’s Brooke Anderson that she does believe “that something happened” between her daughter and McDaniel and that she’s “told Anna not to bring up the past again. It would be hard for me.”

She said she’s seen him only twice since his release, once coincidentally and once at an arranged meeting for her 14-year-old daughter, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, who grew up believing McDaniel was her father.

“Since 2 months to almost 6 years, she knew nobody but him,” Shannon said. “She was starting to resent Anna, and she was starting to ask me questions. I can’t answer those questions for Pumpkin.”

But Shannon now says Pumpkin’s biological father is actually Ford.

“Jessica and Pumpkin have the same dad, but Jessica’s dad has had nothing to do with her over the years,” she said. “So, why the hell would I open up that can of worms until today? I lied to my family and told them it was somebody else.”

Shannon said she wanted to do the interview to clear the air.

“I have nothing to hide. I have nothing to lose,” she told ET. “I just want, honestly, to tell my side of the story, and let’s move on.”

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  • bob

    Has she ever bred with anyone who ISN’T a child molester?

    Plenty of women have a serial killer fetish, but I’ve never heard of a child molester fetish. This woman must have had a steady parade of creepy “uncles” passing through her bedroom when she was a kid.

    Please, Hollywood……we are not NEARLY as interested in molesting children as you are. Please stop projecting your own issues onto my TV screen.

  • Neal

    What kind of a parent exploits their children the way she has. Then has the moronic idea to say what she did. Where the hell is DCFS.

      • jewlzzz

        Only in response to hate speech or personal attacks.

        Stick to a grownup discussion and then no, I don’t.

        I still encourage everyone to use “Bob” as a screen name. The more “Bobs” the less value ad hominem attacks will be, because nobody will know who they’re attacking. There are at least a half dozen identifiable “Bobs” on here now. Join the throng!

        If you’re “Bob” it’s about your argument, not YOU.

      • JEWLZZZ

        No, BOBSANIDIOT, decent society will never accept $ex offenders. They aren’t even accepted by their fellow inmates in prison.

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