Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson quickly became one of TLC’s biggest stars after her appearance on “Toddlers & Tiaras” caused her to land her own popular reality TV show at the network. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo followed the child beauty pageant contestant alongside her family:
- June “Mama June” Shannon
- Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson
- Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon
- Anna “Chickadee” Shannon
- Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon
While there was a time where it seemed like Honey Boo Boo was everywhere you looked, since her reality show has ended, she’s managed to keep out of the public eye.
In the meantime, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson has grown up quite a bit!
Alana Thompson proved herself to be reality television gold when she first appeared on TLC’s reality series following child beauty pageant contestants, “Toddlers & Tiaras.”
Her instantly quotable one-liners, the pre-game “go-go juice” and natural sass made the world want more of Honey Boo Boo and the woman behind it all, June “Mama June” Shannon.
TLC was quick to green-light a series featuring Alana and her family’s adventures in McIntyre, Georgia. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo premiered on August 8th, 2012.
The series catapulted Alana into the spotlight and it wasn’t long before she was making headlines and being interviewed on talk shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Good Morning America.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo attracted 2.2 million viewers with the premiere episode alone, making it one of TLC’s highest-rated shows in its first season.
While undeniably popular, the show received a vast amount of backlash with many critics deeming the series “offensive,” “exploitative,” and “horrifying.”
However, this didn’t stop the first season from being followed by four specials. After the success of the first season, and the specials that followed it, the show was renewed for a second and third season.
While it looked like Alana Thompson’s entire childhood was set to be televised for the world to see, a number of troubling reports emerged. This caused the network to make the decision to cancel the series before it could finish airing all the episode that had already been filmed.
TLC was forced to get rid of one of their most successful programs after reports surfaced that June Shannon’s boyfriend, Mark Anthony McDaniel, was convicted of aggravated child molestation. Initial reports stated that he had molested an 8-year-old boy related to the family. It was later revealed that the real victim was Mama June’s daughter Anna Marie “Chickadee” Shannon.
This left TLC with an entire season worth of unaired episodes, left behind to collect dust. It was reported that the amount of unaired episodes sitting in the vault could have filled six months of potential time slots.
The cancellation immediately put a halt to Honey Boo Boo’s rise to fame and the negative news surrounding the family kept them out of the spotlight for some time.
Five months later, Alana and her mother June appeared on an episode of The Doctors to discuss Alana’s health after she had gained an unhealthy amount of weight for her age.
Alana’s appearance on The Doctors started with a health intervention after it was revealed what was in the family’s refrigerator. The amount of unhealthy food that Honey Boo Boo was consuming on a regular basis was so alarming, that the hosts had to coach her on how to eat well. The health specialists prompted the former child star to lose 12 to 25 pounds.
After the cameras stopped rolling, it was an understandably confusing time for Alana, who had spent many of her formative years being documented.
On a segment of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s series Where Are They Now, Oprah caught up with Alana and the rest of her family to see what life had been like since the show’s cancellation.
Alana proved to have shown signs of maturity since her show was unceremoniously dropped from the network that made her an instant star.
“I woke up one morning and I was like, ‘where’s the crew?’ and my mom was like, ‘we stopped filming the show,’” Alana told Oprah. “I was kind of happy about that and at the same time I was sad.”
Alana’s mother continued to seek reality television opportunities, which lead to a few surprise public appearances by Honey Boo Boo herself.
In February, Mama June has revealed that she’ll be taking part in a seven-episode docu-dramedy titled Mama June: From Not to Hot.
Whether or not Alana will make an appearance is yet to be announced. News of the show broke when a brief teaser was posted to Honey Boo Boo’s official Facebook page.
While Alana hasn’t lined up any more gigs as of yet, she has been continuing to update her fans on her Facebook page, which has over 1 million likes.
Alana has gone live multiple times to answer fan questions and give some insight into what her life has been like out of the spotlight.
Sharing videos and pictures from vacations with her family, it seems that Alana is focusing more on being a kid rather than the child star she suddenly became four years ago.
However, one big event that kicked off 2017 truly showed just how much Alana has grown up since her Here Comes Honey Boo Boo days.
Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson got remarried in late January to his new wife Jennifer Lamb. Of course, Alana was in attendance and she also played a big role on her father’s special day.
Now 11 years old, Alana got to walk her father down the aisle. She traded the garb we were used to seeing on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo for a lovely yellow dress and a denim jacket.
The intimate backyard wedding will be featured on Mama June’s new reality show that aims to document her weight loss transformation.
Looks like Alana has shed the skin of her reality television persona and is on track to being a normal kid and teenager!