Mama June Speaks Out Amid Scandal: “The Protection of My Kids Is My Number One Priority”

June Shannon
Mama June Shannon spoke for the first time since claims that she's dating a registered sex offender surfaced in an on-camera interview on Oct. 29.  Cindy Ord/Getty Images

No worries? Mama June gave a bizarre on-camera interview with E!, which aired on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star has been under fire recently after claims surfaced that she is dating registered sex offender Mark McDaniel

The mother of Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, Anna Cardwell, Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon, and Jessica "Chubbs" Shannon appeared unfazed throughout the interview, laughing, smiling, and throwing up the deuces sign. When asked about the loss of her hit TLC reality series, the Thompson family matriarch didn't appear concerned, saying, "I can't say anything bad about the show. I can't say anything bad about TLC."

The reporter then asked if June had been in touch with her eldest daughter Anna Cardwell, who claimed in a recent Entertainment Tonight interview that her mother's boyfriend had molested her when she was 8 years old. 

"I talk to her — I talk to all my kids," the smiling reality star replied. "We're all doing fine. We're just hanging out as a family and handling it privately. The protection of my kids is my number one priority."

In the shocking interview with ET, Cardwell opened up about her mother's recent behavior. "It's like she's happy. She's smiling and laughing and giggling when he's around," Cardwell told ET of Mama June, noting the pleas she’s made to her mother. “’You know, he's a child molester, Mama. He did this to me. Why would you let him come around the girls knowing what he did?'"

Earlier on Wednesday, Mama June stepped out to go shopping with her estranged husband Sugar Bear, whom she split from in September. 

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