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Mama June of ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ reportedly dating sex offender

A dating choice reportedly made by June Shannon, Honey Boo Boo’s Mama June on the series spun off from “Toddlers & Tiaras,” might be putting “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” in jeopardy.

The reality-TV matriarch is, according to TMZ, seeing one Mark Anthony McDaniel, 53, who got out of prison earlier this year after serving nearly a decade for aggravated child molestation -- molestation allegedly involving one of Shannon’s relatives.

However, Mama June’s second-youngest of four daughters, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, told Radar Online that the rumor’s not true and the two haven’t seen each other for 10 years.

Georgia’s sex-offender registry says McDaniel was convicted in May 2004 and released in March, with TMZ adding that according to prosecutors he had forced oral sex on an 8-year-old child.

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If the two are dating, that’s not great messaging from a woman starring in a family show that involves young girls.

Shannon, 35, and McDaniel have been seeing each other for a few months, according to TMZ, which posted a cozy picture of the two that was reportedly taken a few weeks ago when they and others were hanging out.

Pumpkin told Radar that the picture is Photoshopped.

Mama June and Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, 9-year-old Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson’s parents, separated in September, with June reportedly kicking him to the curb over suspicions that he had been cheating on her.

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“We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series,” a TLC spokesperson said in a statement obtained by People. “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is not currently in production.

Follow Christie D’Zurilla on Twitter @theCDZ and Google+. Follow the Ministry of Gossip on Twitter @LATcelebs.

 


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