Mama June and Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson were introduced to the world of reality television through TLC’s Toddlers and Tiaras, which featured their daughter, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, who became a breakout star in 2009. By 2012, the family had their own show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, appearing together on the program as a loving, if unconventional, family unit that included Honey Boo Boo’s half-sisters, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon and Anna “Chickadee” Shannon.
Things were apparently not as they seemed. By 2014, the couple had split and Mama June was dating her ex, convicted sex offender Mark McDaniel, who went to jail for aggravated child molestation in 2004. It was revealed that the victim was then 8-year-old Anna Shannon, and the act was in front of her then 3-year-old sister, Pumpkin.
Somehow, the reality TV mainstays were given yet another chance, this time with Mama June and Sugar Bear attempting to reassemble their marriage on Marriage Bootcamp. That’s where Sugar Bear admitted he had been unfaithful to Mama June throughout their relationship with both men and women. Page Six reports that Mama June has yet more allegations to direct towards her ex-husband.
In February, Mama June was given her own show, Mama June: From Not to Hot, which tracks her 300 pound weight loss. In an interview on Monday with Page Six, she says that Sugar Bear also has an abusive history with the children. “It’s time the world sees him for what he is,” she told them, “[Lauryn ‘Pumpkin’ Shannon’s] eye buckle was caused by him … because he got mad. So many emotional and physical scars with the kids.”
Mama June says she and Sugar Bear attempted to film for her new show, but the arguments were too ugly to even make good TV. “I’m not going to put my kids through that ever again,” she says.