Is Mama June a millionaire? How the reality star went 'from hot to not' due to her drug abuse and relationships
Reality star June "Mama June" Shannon had a budding career, but the choices she made may have taken a turn for the worse, more than once. She makes $50,000 per episode in 'Mama June: From Not to Hot,' her reality TV series and has a net worth of $1-1.5 million, according to reports.
Her career first became prominent with the series, 'Toddlers and Tiaras', and her daughter Alana Thompson’s spinoff series, 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.' The net worth is a result of the success of the reality TV series, but there were a few bumps on the road that may have affected her career negatively. Let's start with the fact that on October 23, 2014, TLC canceled the spinoff 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' amidst a scandal that broke headlines.
TMZ had reported that June was dating a man who was convicted and sentenced to jail time for aggravated child molestation. The publication also posted a picture of June lying in bed with the man in question, Mark McDaniel. TLC's statement had said, "TLC is not currently in production on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series." June's daughter Anna also claimed that McDaniel had molested her when she was eight, according to CNN.
In 2015, the reality star appeared in 'Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars'. Her career came back on track when 'Mama June: From Not to Hot' made its debut in 2017. The Wealth Record reported that June was making approximately the same amount per episode that she did with 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo', which was $50,000 per episode. This isn't the only source of income for the reality star, as she promotes sponsored products on Instagram such as Teami tea detoxes and Boom Bod weight loss drinks, along with photoshoots for publications like People Magazine.'
On March 13, 2019, Mama June was arrested alongside her boyfriend, Eugene “Geno” Doak, over "drug possession charges," said reports. A source told Hollywood Life that the production team on her show encouraged the star to seek treatment in Georgia. "There were needles everywhere in her home. Alana [was sent] to live with Pumpkin. June went to rehab at the end of February in Georgia after they wrapped filming Season 3 of her show. She was in there voluntarily, but she left and was on a drugs binge until she got arrested,” said the source.
While she may have caused enough damage to her career, her family was very much affected by her lifestyle. In one of the episodes of 'Mama June: From Not to Hot,' June's daughter Alana reveals to her mom, that she's scared to live with her mother. "Do you not understand that I’m staying with my sister and that’s not by choice? It’s not by choice! I would love to come home and stay with you and tell you about my day but I can’t do that because I’m scared. I’m not even gonna lie to you, I’m scared to stay at your house," said Alana.
In late 2019, June and Geno moved hotel to hotel as the reality star had sold her home in Georgia and left her family behind, reported The Mirror. In January 2020, June took to her Instagram and confessed to making her mistakes, "Well, decided to get back at it I'm not saying I'm perfect as every day is a struggle and some days I just want to disappear. Even though me and the kids aren't still seeing each other and it's been very hard on all of us but I hope one day that will change as I want them to know I miss and love them very much."
Mama June has had a spiraling career, but her decisions might have been a major factor that has curtailed her career.