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Networks typically cancel reality shows for two reasons: low ratings and controversy. Or both. So it’s no surprise that NBC would fire Donald Trump from “Celebrity Apprentice” and cut all ties with him after the business mogul made derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants when announcing his 2016 run for president. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists,” the billionaire said in mid-June adding, “some, I assume, are good people.” Trump is not the first reality star to lose his show due to controversial words or deeds. If he’d asked Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, CeeLo Green or even Jon and Kate Gosselin how they lost their shows, they would’ve peppered him with cautionary advice. Don’t make hateful comments in public or private: The Donald could’ve benefitted from this advice from twins David and Jason Benham. Hgtv canceled the pilot for their show »
- Mekeisha Madden Toby
Back to reality! Season 4 of We tv's Marriage Boot Camp is already in the works, and Us Weekly has learned of six familiar faces putting their relationships to the test in the next installment of the series. Photos: The biggest celeb cheating scandals ever The Bachelor Sean Lowe and winner wife Catherine, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta stars Benzino and Althea Eaton, and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo stars Mama June and Sugar Bear are all returning to reality TV on the newest season of the show. [...] »
“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” star “Mama” June Shannon is doubling down on her issues with TLC for failing to cancel “19 Kids and Counting” after the religious family was struck by a sexual assault scandal last month. While TLC has made no decision about the future of “19 Kids,” Shannon claimed the network canceled “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” seven hours after allegations arose that Shannon was dating a convicted child molester. She has denied being in a relationship with the man, and still denies it. “I do think it’s a double standard,” Shannon told TheWrap. “They’re kind of like. »
- Linda Ge
Anna ‘Chickadee’ Cardwell is suing Mama June Shannon, alleging that her mother kept $300,000 of her payment for TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Anna Cardwell Sues Mama June For $300,000 According to a lawsuit filed on behalf of Cardwell and her 2-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn, Cardwell believes her mother, known as Mama June, kept their […]
- Olivia Truffaut-Wong
TLC brought the lowest common denominator of “This Amurrican Life” by introducing to decent, law-abiding, thinking taxpayers the disgusting reality teleplay known as “Honey Boo Boo.” Now thankfully, the show is off the air amidst unsavory sex scandals. But it is not the last we’ve heard from felonious Mama June.Now TMZ reports her daughter and granddaughter are suing her, claiming June pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars from their TLC series, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”Mama June became a grandmother at 32. Mama June’s first daughter, Anna “Chickadee” Shannon had “Baby Kaitlyn” during the first season of “Here Comes Honey […] »
- April Neale
Mama June is crafting a "direct deposit defense" against her daughter Anna's claims Mj made off with thousands of TLC dollars from the family's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" days. Mama June tells TMZ it's "ridiculous" to think she owes Chickadee any money ... because she says the network deposited Anna's money directly into her accounts. Mj says their most recent contract, drawn up in September 2012, specifically stated that one-third of the family's $22,500/episode paycheck was »
- TMZ Staff
A flurry of advertisers last week had a lot to say about TLC’s now-controversial “19 Kids and Counting,” noting they would no longer support the program. Few if any of them, however, have put their money in the same space as their collective mouth.
General Mills, Yum Brands’ Pizza Hut, PepsiCo’s Pure Leaf Iced Tea, Choice Hotels and Crayola LLC are among the companies that have professed to have ended support of the program, which features the extraordinarily large Duggar family, in the wake of revelations that Josh Duggar, the oldest child in the clan, molested teenage girls 12 years ago. Yet none of them have pulled any of the ad money previously earmarked for TLC or other Discovery Communications-owned outlets, according to a person familiar with the situation.
- Brian Steinberg
Remember when they used to call TLC "The Learning Channel"? Well, the scandal that's blown up during the last week surrounding TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" seems like it ought to be a teachable moment, but it's unclear if anyone will be learning the right lessons.
You'd think that the revelations about the Duggar family's cover-up of eldest son Josh's alleged molestation of five girls, including four of his own sisters -- and the corresponding revelation that TLC did a slapdash job of vetting the family, even though many people outside the family have known about this particular closet skeleton since 2006 -- would mark the end of a certain kind of reality show. You'd think sponsors would stop supporting them, networks would stop creating them, and viewers would stop watching them. But the market for these shows may be stronger than the shame of being associated with them.
Indeed, even as »
- Gary Susman
Another media channel is severing ties with the Duggars.
Hulu has pulled 19 Kids and Counting from its site following eldest son Josh Duggar’s admission that, as a teenager, he sexually molested underage girls, TVLine has confirmed.
RelatedTLC Cancels Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
TLC dropped all episodes of the reality program, which follows Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar and their ever-expanding family, from its schedule last Friday in light of the controversy.
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Just eight months after canceling “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” after Mama June Shannon reconnected with a convicted sex offender, TLC faces a strikingly similar controversy over its top-rated show, “19 Kids & Counting,” with the admission of child molestation by the Duggar family’s oldest son, Josh. Is the network just unlucky, or did its executives (and show producers) fall down on the job? Also Read: Larry Wilmore Guts Josh Duggar, Family: 'I Hate Pedophiles - But I Love Irony' (Video) A prominent reality executive speaking on the condition of anonymity told TheWrap both “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and the Duggar show, »
- Tony Maglio, Itay Hod and Matt Donnelly
Despite the recent controversy surrounding the show, “19 Kids and Counting” could return to TLC’s schedule.
The Discovery Communications-owned network has not canceled the program in the wake of the recent disclosure that Josh Duggar, one of the central figures in the show, admitted to molesting girls 12 years ago. “Kids” focuses on the family of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children, and has been on the air since 2008. Josh Duggar is the oldest of the family’s children, all of whom have names that start with the letter J.
The company has not yet decided whether the show should continue or be cancelled, according to a person familiar with the situation. If the program were to continue, this person added, it would have to do so without Josh Duggar and with an emphasis on other members of the Duggar family. The most recent cycle of the series concluded in mid-May, »
- Brian Steinberg
A version of this story first appeared in the June 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. TLC has found itself in a disturbing paradox. The Discovery-owned network has yanked one of its highest-rated series, 19 Kids and Counting, after castmember Josh Duggar admitted to molesting underage girls, including some of his sisters. It's the second scandal to shrink TLC's talent roster in the past seven months, following the October news of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star June Shannon dating a convicted child molester, which prompted that series' cancellation.
- Michael O'Connell
Mama June Shannon is not the type to take things lying down. As TLC continues to mull the future of 19 Kids and Counting amid Josh Duggar's molestation scandal, the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo matriarch is making her feelings about the situation very, very clear, first by threatening to sue if the network doesn't cancel the Duggars' show, and now by speaking out in an interview with Extra. Shannon's TLC reality show was canceled last October following reports that she was dating a convicted child molester [...] »
Mama June has given TLC an ultimatum -- either put "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" back on the air, or she'll sue the network for treating her far more harshly than the Duggar family. Mama June's lawyer tells TMZ, he gave the network the demand Friday, claiming the family's rights were violated when TLC yanked the show hours after TMZ posted a pic of June with convicted child molester Mark McDaniel. They say Josh Duggar »
- TMZ Staff
In the wake of 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar's revelation that he sexually abused several young girls when he was a teenager, TLC is taking episodes of the show — which had its latest season finale on Tuesday — off the air. The network sparked outrage on social media Thursday night after airing a marathon of the series following Duggar's admission. Mama June, the star of another of TLC's former hit shows embroiled in a similar controversy, has publicly called for the series' cancellation. Given her show's fate, it's safe to put 19 Kids on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo death watch. »
- Dee Lockett
TLC has pulled episodes of its reality hit “19 Kids and Counting” on the heels of revelations that the family’s oldest son was accused of molesting five underage girls 12 years ago when he was a teenager. Some of the girls he’s accused of molesting were reportedly his own sisters.
TLC confirmed in a statement that the series had been yanked “effective immediately,” though it is not clear if the series has been canceled outright.
“We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time,” TLC said.
Word of the allegations against Josh Duggar, now 27 with three children of his own and his wife pregnant with a fourth, surfaced earlier this week. The Arkansas-based family issued a lengthy statement to People magazine on Thursday acknowledging the past incidents.
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, »
- Cynthia Littleton
“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” matriarch “Mama” June Shannon does not think it’s fair that TLC has not cancelled the reality series “19 Kids and Counting” after series star Josh Duggar admitted to molesting several minors, while “Honey Boo Boo” was cancelled in 2014 after reports surfaced that Shannon was dating a convicted child molester. “But I wasn’t dating one and no they r going to not cancel it’s f–ked up @TLC” Shannon, who has always denied the reports about her alleged inappropriate romance, tweeted Thursday. “I read that the Duggar family said, this happening with their son brought them closer. »
- Joe Otterson
Pressure is mounting on TLC to cancel 19 Kids and Counting in the wake of eldest son Josh Duggar’s acknowledgement that he sexually molested underage girls — including, allegedly, some of his sisters — when he was a teenager. (Update: TLC has pulled 19 Kids and Counting from its schedule, effective immediately.)
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably, for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret,” the now-27-year-old said in a statement. “I hurt others, including my family and close friends.
Related Cable Renewal Scorecard 2015: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble? »
It's appalling to have to say "Here we go again" when it comes to TLC pulling a show off the air due to child molestation claims, but this is the second time it's happened within a year. Last October, TLC pulled "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" after the Mama June/Mark McDaniel scandal, and now they have yanked "19 Kids and Counting" after the Josh Duggar scandal.
On Thursday, 27-year-old Duggar responded to allegations that he molested five underage girls (including his sisters) when he was a teen. Josh; his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle; and Josh's wife, Anna all posted messages on Facebook. Here's Josh's statement:
Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. »
- Gina Carbone
It was just seven months ago that TLC managed to wipe some of the ick off its image caused by the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo child molester storyline with a record-setting rating for a super-wholesome 19 Kids And Counting Duggar family wedding episode. Today the network was “no comment”-ing press inquiries about the future of the latter series when molestation allegations surfaced about one of its regulars. Josh Duggar today resigned from Family Research Council and issued… »
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