Sugar Bear will not get a pink slip from TLC in the wake of his separation from Mama June ... but TLC is now scrambling to make sure "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" doesn't implode the way "John & Kate Plus 8" did.
Sources connected with the network tell TMZ ... they have made a decision -- Sugar Bear is the father of the show's star, and the story line would be "ridiculously incomplete" without including him. The separation itself will become a significant part of the show.
One source was candid, "To tell the truth it's good for the show. It had hit a bit of a lull and now there are tons of story lines ... dating, single parenting, breakups."
That said ... TLC wants to make sure the kids are not "emotionally bleeding" on camera because their parents broke up. TLC watched one of their signature shows -- "John & Kate" --- go down the toilet because of the strife over the kids.
TLC wants to give Mama June an even higher profile on the show, following her life as a newly-single woman. They don't want to portray her as an emotional wreck ... she'll remain the rock of the family.
TMZ broke the story ... June kicked Sugar Bear to the curb after she found out he was trolling an online dating site.
More Fries for Me
9/19/2014 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Now that Mama June's given him the ole heave ho, Sugar Bear slipped off his ring and sought the comfort of an old friend today in Georgia.
Suge was outside the 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' family home sans wedding ring, but he did have the male version of bon bons and boxed wine -- a fountain soda and fries from McDonald's ... supersized, of course.
If he's looking for a silver lining -- nobody likes sharing their fries, right?
Bachelorhood has its privileges.
Separates from Sugar Bear
Kicks Him to the Curb
9/19/2014 10:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mama June and Sugar Bear Thompson are done -- separated -- because she's convinced he's been cheating on her ... sources tell TMZ.
We're told Mama June has repeatedly caught Sugar Bear trolling on online dating sites. One of them is plentyoffish.com, in which Sugar Bear -- with the handle Georgiafighter31054 -- says "i love to hunt fish and ride 4wheelers and have a good time. i luve muddy Boggs and love to ride in the mudd."
Mama June has stopped wearing her wedding ring (technically the couple was never married, but they did have a commitment ceremony).
Our sources say Mama June plans on taking the kids and moving out -- once the latest round of filming "Here Comes Boo Boo" is done ... so she can be closer to her relatives. She hasn't fully decided on the move.
We're told the producers of the show are scrambling to try and figure out what's next.
June and Sugar Bear tell TMZ, "Sugar Bear and I have decided to take some time apart to figure out some things in our relationship. We are taking things day by day but regardless of what happens the girls will always be our #1 priority. We want to thank ya'll for your support."
Honey Boo Boo
Gnawing to Victory!
7/11/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Honey Boo Boo
Smashes Melon Eating Contest!!
Other Kids Can't Hang
7/11/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Honey Boo Boo absolutely inhaled a giant slice of watermelon, and taught a table full of kids a valuable lesson -- she will RUIN YOU in competitive eating!
It all went down in Panama City, FL -- where HBB and the fam are vacationing -- during a children's watermelon eating contest, and honestly ... Joey Chestnut himself would applaud the 8-year-old girl's performance.
It's clear from the video -- the 7 other kids never stood a chance. Just like that poor, poor melon.
Mama June taught her baby good ... never waste a single drop of food.
Honey Boo Boo & Mama June
Family Pool Day ...
The Socks Stay On!
6/5/2014 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
One can only assume Mama June just discovered water ... because while Honey Boo Boo played around in the pool with her usual youthful exuberance ... her mother swam around WITH HER SOCKS ON.
The Thompsons hit up a pool while on vacation in Panama Beach, FL. According to the photog who snapped the pics, Mama June swam about 30-40 laps in the pool ... never removing her socks.
Clearly it takes a lot to knock this woman's socks off.
Honey Boo Boo Crash
Pumpkin Rushed Back to Hospital
2/10/2014 9:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Honey Boo Boo's sister Pumpkin has been rushed back to the ER after complications from a serious car accident last month ... TMZ has learned.
13-year-old Pumpkin was taken to a Georgia hospital last night -- and sources tell us, it's because she's still experiencing serious pain in the wake of the January 6th car accident that injured several members of her family.
We're told Pumpkin has been complaining of bad headaches, neck pain, and nausea -- all signs of head trauma. A rep for TLC tells us, she was admitted to the hospital for a battery of tests.
As we reported, Honey Boo Boo, Mama June, Pumpkin and Jessica were all passengers in the car, which was driven by Sugar Bear. Police later determined Sugar Bear was at fault.
Honey Boo Boo Crash
IT'S SUGAR BEAR'S FAULT
... Cops Say
1/16/2014 8:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Honey Boo Boo's family dun caused the car crash that left several members of the reality bunch injured ... law enforcement tells TMZ.
The Milledgeville Police Department tells us ... investigators have determined Sugar Bear is to blame for the January 6th accident, because Sugar was behind the wheel and made an unsafe left turn in front of a truck when the two collided.
We're told ... the Boo Boo family admitted to seeing lights on the other vehicle, which means the burden to make a safe turn was on Mr. Bear.
Despite being placed with the blame, Sugar Bear won't be charged with a crime -- it's now a civil issue that the insurance companies will handle.
As for the Boo Boo family, everyone in the SUV -- Honey, Pumpkin, Mama June and Sugar Bear -- have been released from the hospital.
The SUV was towed from the scene ... still unclear if it'll ever run again.
Honey Boo Boo
I'm Not Leavin' My Sis
For a Dumb TV Show
1/15/2014 8:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Honey Boo Boo is mysteriously bailing on public appearances ... and we know the reason -- a smashed Pumpkin.
Boo Boo was a no-show this morning on "GMA" and we're told she won't show up at Katie Couric's show either.
Turns out the kid's family ties are more important than mugging for a camera. She's been spending time in the hospital with big sis Pumpkin, who was badly hurt in the family car accident last week. Pumpkin suffered severe chest bruises, a concussion and weakness in her legs.
She can be annoying, but she's a good sister.
The new season of HBB and brood starts Thursday on TLC.
'Honey Boo Boo'
Highs and Lowe's of
Family Car Accident
1/9/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
After Car Crash
1/8/2014 12:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mama June appears to be feeling the pain bad after Monday night's car accident -- limping across her front lawn this morning in Georgia.
As bad as June looks, she says Pumpkin got the worst of it.
TMZ broke the story, Pumpkin has severe chest bruises from the accident -- when the family Suburban slammed headfirst into another car -- and has been having panic attacks since.
Mama June claims she also suffered back and neck sprains and Honey Boo Boo hit her head.
We had the driver on TMZ Live today and he said The Boo Boos are not telling the truth when they say he didn't have his headlights on. He claims Sugar Bear was just inattentive when he made his left turn.
Honey Boo Boo 911 Tape
Family Hit New Lowe's
1/8/2014 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Honey Boo Boo car crash 911 tape is laced with Southern tongue ... a woman urgently calling the dispatcher giving her the coordinates of the crash -- a Lowe's hardware store.
TMZ broke the story ... Boo Boo's fam hit an oncoming truck in Milledgeville, Georgia, injuring Mama June, Sugar Bear and Pumpkin. HBB was banged up but not seriously hurt.
An ambulance arrived but the family didn't like the EMT's choice of hospital, so they hitched a ride with someone else.
Honey Boo Boo Family
Injured in Bad Car Wreck
1/7/2014 2:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Honey Boo Boo and her family were in a bad car crash Monday night ... TMZ has learned.
Honey Boo Boo, Mama June, Pumpkin and Jessica were all passengers in the car driven by Sugar Bear.
Sources tell us ... they were at a red light, waiting to turn left. The light turned green and Sugar Bear began the turn. A guy driving a truck was allegedly speeding in the opposite direction with his lights off and crashed into them.
Members of the family were taken to a local hospital ... an ambulance showed up, but Mama June tells TMZ ... the EMTs were going to take them to a hospital they didn't like so they went to another hospital in an SUV driven by their bodyguard.
Pumpkin says Sugar Bear has a contusion on his back, Mama June has a back and neck sprain, Honey Boo Boo hit her head against a passenger window and has a headache, and Pumpkin herself has severe chest bruises and is having panic attacks.
And June tells TMZ ... "We've only had that Suburban for 6 months and it's not even paid off yet."