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Honey Boo Boo's sister to speak out on "Entertainment Tonight"

The TLC show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" has been axed amid allegations the show matriarch, "Mama" June Shannon, is dating a convicted child molester, and the former beauty queen's sister will discuss the ordeal on "Entertainment Tonight."

"It's Mama's fault," Anna "Chickadee" Cardwell says in an advance clip of the interview, scheduled to air tonight. "She has brought the past back. I feel betrayed. He's not supposed to be around kids and she let him around Alana and Pumpkin."

Anna previously told People magazine that registered sex offender Mark McDaniel “would try and touch me and all that stuff” when she was 8. He was June’s boyfriend at the time. Anna told People “I would feel hurt” if the rumors are true.

The clip promoting the "Entertainment Tonight" interview describes it as "starting Thursday," indicating the network may stretch out the interview over several days.

June posted a video on her public Facebook page denying the reports and saying her connection with McDaniel is a thing of the past. 

“I have not seen that person in 10 years and don’t want to see that person.”

Then TMZ posted recent photos showing them together, and Shannon removed her video.

Meanwhile Lee "Uncle Poodle" Thompson, brother of June's former partner Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson, called her out in a series of posts on his public Facebook page.

“Why not just be honest for a change?” he posted. “You may try to bash me or dig up old dirt but honestly none of it compares to how you have treated my brother and allowed a convicted child molester who molested your oldest daughter to be around your 14 and 9-year-olds."

He later removed the series of back-and-forth, saying he was moving on and staying positive. He's also hinted at potential future opportunities, just as an online fan petition has been launched demanding a new spin-off show for the two Thompson brothers.

“Give Sugar Bear and Poodle their own show,” is the title of the online petition.  Meanwhile a new Facebook page titled “Make TLC Keep Honey Boo Boo” has been launched.

TLC hasn’t commented publicly beyond a statement confirming the show was done. But the network hasn’t taken down the show’s official Facebook page or Twitter account.



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