Even reality TV has some sort of standards, it seems, after seemingly proving that it is possible to ‘fire’ someone from a fly-on-the-wall reality show.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, currently in the middle of a mini-season of specials after airing a 10-episode first series last year, is a show broadcast on TLC (the acronym of the ironically-named ‘The Learning Channel’), has somehow become a ratings success averaging over 2m viewers per episode tuning in to follow the life of the beauty pageant contestant (real name Alana Thompson) and her ‘crazy family’, but for the next series the featured redneck clan will not include family friend ‘Crazy’ Tony Lindsey.
The decision was announced by Honey Boo Boo’s mother ‘Mama’ June Shannon (pictured), who claimed in an interview with celebrity gossip website TMZ that Crazy Tony will no longer be allowed to appear on the McIntyre (Georgia, USA)-set program (reported to earn the family $50,000 per episode), after an unusual incident that led to his arrest late last year.
Lindsey was part of a group that took part in a prank that saw him dress up in a gorilla outfit and run into oncoming traffic, as Police Deputy Joe Rozier who found them described at the time: “I observed a white male dressed in a gorilla suit acting as if he was going to jump into my lane of travel. I swerved into the left lane to avoid an accident with the person. [After stopping the car to look for answers] I observed several white males run up the embankment and into the woods.”
‘Mama June’ recently said of the decision to dismiss Crazy Tony: ”We love him as a friend… but that was a crazy story. Not trying to be mean, but we want to keep it family oriented.”
All the dismissed ‘guest star’ has so far said of his sacking has been: “TV’s changed that family.”
No-one other than Mama June is probably sure on what she means when she says ’family-oriented’ (producing family-friendly content, or just filming her family?), but will this turn of events affect any ‘reputation’ that the show has? An equally-annoying video summary of the incident and sacking from TMZ, and a glimpse at what Crazy Tony will no longer be a part of (which apparently passes as TV entertainment), can be seen below, along with a recent South Park parody of the show that isn’t all that indistinguishable: