"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" co-star Lee Thompson -- aka "Uncle Poodle" -- revealed that he is HIV positive in a recent interview with Atlanta-based gay magazine Fenuxe.
Thompson -- uncle to Alana Thompson (aka "Honey Boo Boo") and brother of her dad, Mike (aka "Sugar Bear") -- told Fenuxe that he took a test in March that came back negative, but two months later, his test was positive.
"I knew it had been my boyfriend who infected me," he said. "I later learned he had been HIV positive and was not taking medication and had not bothered to tell me about it. I was advised that I should press charges and, hesitantly, I did. It was the right thing to do."
His ex is now serving a five-year sentence, said Thompson, who married boyfriend Joshua Yarbroughe in August.
Brad Paisley delivers "The Ballad of Honey Boo Boo."
By Ree Hines, TODAY contributor
Despite some very vocal critics, it seems there's no shortage of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" fans out there. Last Sunday's "Holladay" episode earned the highest ratings yet for the TLC reality series. And on Wednesday night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," country crooner Brad Paisley proved that even he "redneckonizes" there's something special about the show.
After misleading Kimmel with the news that he'd written a new theme song for a hit cable series, Paisley rolled a video clip for a ditty he calls "The Ballad of Honey Boo Boo."
The catchy lyrics include:
She'll sing a song / Whistle a tune / Make ketchup sketti with her mama June / She's roamin' the country / She's on the loose / Filled with balls of cheese and Go-Go juice.
Catch the full song and see how Paisley inserts himself into the show in the clip below.
Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson prepares a bowl of mayo menace for Mama June.
By Ree Hines, TODAY contributor
To some, mayo is just a condiment. But to "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" matriarch Mama June, it's the creamy stuff of nightmares.
"I cannot stand mayonnaise," the mother of Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson declared in a preview for the family first "holladay" special. "Yes, it is in my house, and this is gonna sound weird. I do eat potato salad. I will eat a tuna fish salad. But I will not eat it if I made it. If somebody else makes it I will eat it. But if I watch somebody make it, I can't do it."
Basically, Mama can't handle seeing the spread in its unmixed form, but she assures viewers that there's a darn good reason for that. When she was just a young’un, her babysitter served it up day and night -- and then some.
"We ate mayonnaise sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinners, snack -- every time," Mama said with a shiver. "I can't talk about it, it's so… ugh. It is making my flesh crawl."
Talking about it is nothing compared to facing the giant bowl of it that Honey Boo Boo prepared. Yes, it's seems the pageant princess and her sisters decided to desensitize their mother by confronting her with the dreaded sandwich fixin'.
"I think it's stupid that you're scared of mayonnaise, Mama," Lauryn, aka "Pumpkin," said. "I mean, seriously, it's mayonnaise. … C'mon. That's like ketchup, but it's just white."
But Mama June failed to see the connection between mayonnaise and her favorite 'sketti ingredient. In fact, as Honey Boo Boo's bowl of badness came closer and closer to her, she lost her cool completely.
"My anxiety level is up like beyond out the roof. I mean, like my chest is real tight. My throat feels like it's gonna close up," she warned.
Or, as the show's namesake put it, "Mama was turning white -- just like mayonnaise!"
See what other shockers the family scares up as they celebrate Halloween in the all-new special. It airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. on TLC.
Jenelle of "Teen Mom 2," Honey Boo Boo, and Conda Britt of "Biggest Loser."
By Anna Chan and Ree Hines, TODAY
Sometimes you just can't script the bizarre things that happen on television. And thanks to reality TV programming -- whether the shows focus on lifestyle or competitions -- the "Oh no they didn't!" moments are seemingly endless. That was certainly the case this year, especially with TLC's introduction to Honey Boo Boo and her clan.
Though the little tyke and her family generated plenty of talk, they weren't the only ones who left viewers laughing, scratching their heads or fuming.
'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' Nothing could have fully prepared reality TV audiences for the reality of Honey Boo Boo and her family. But ready or not, when the show premiered in August, it was time to redneckognize the fact the bunch wasn't going away any time soon. For some, the fun-loving family's mere prime-time presence made for one great big jaw-dropper. But for those who watched all of the roadkill-munching and mud-flopping action, there was one simple moment that topped them all: When Mama June taught us all to make "sketti." The ingredients? Topping the pasta and meat is a mixture of a massive glob of butter(-like spread) and ketchup -- microwaved to perfection.
'Teen Mom 2' Amber who? Original "Teen Mom" Amber Portwood made her share of big mistakes prior to putting herself in jail, but rather than that being the end of law-breaking tales for MTV's franchise, "Teen Mom 2's" Jenelle Evans is following in Amber's footsteps and making truly unbelievable decisions when it comes to time behind bars. Some might say she's been even more frustrating to watch than Amber. Case in point? On the Nov. 26 episode, after learning that her probation officer is offering her a 16-day jail sentence instead of a 45-day sentence for violating probation, Jenelle tells her attorney that she can't start serving the day she is supposed to. Her excuse? No, not life-saving surgery. Not child-care issues. What, then? Second row seats for a Ke$ha concert. We kid you not. Jenelle even got "all these feathers" in her hair just to go see her "idol"! (Check out the young mom's 2009 "Tik Tok" video.)
'Toddlers & Tiaras' It seems safe to say that most moms (and dads, for that matter) don't ever want to see their precious little kids puffing on cigarettes. But then again, most moms aren't trying to win a costumed beauty pageant at any cost. Destiny's mom, however, was. "Toddlers & Tiaras" viewers must have been as shocked as the pageant judges were when they heard Lisa Christian tell her tyke, "Don't forget to smoke!" before the wee one took the stage with a prop cigarette to portray Sandy from "Grease." One judge spoke for everyone when she said of Lisa, "What is she thinking?!" And that was nothing compared to what prosecutor-turned-talk-host Nancy Grace had to say when she booked Lisa on her show.
'The Biggest Loser' There was no shortage of gasp-worthy moments on "Biggest Loser" this year. In fact, most of those moments centered on outspoken and outrageous contestant Conda Britt. But the participant some viewers (and fellow contestants) called a bully only played a bit part in real the shocker of the season -- the walkout. Yes, the people who were lucky enough to have landed a coveted spot on the weight-loss ranch decided that the reality show just wasn't "fair" (due to an all-too-common twist in the game) and threatened to walk right off the show if things continued as planned. Even more surprising? Two "Losers" actually made good on that threat and threw away their chances to make it to the finals and compete for the $250,000 grand prize or any other prize -- or even the right to just step up on the scales on finale night.
'Project Runway' There's usually some griping when "Project Runway" asks its designers to create fab looks for non-model-sized women, but that moaning is generally directed at the task. Not so in season 10. Designer Ven Budhu made his frustration known by making jabs at his size 10 model, Terri Herlihy, who was there because her friend submitted her for a glam makeover. After what seemed like endless comments about her size, Terri was fighting back tears, and angry viewers took to social media to blast the designer hopeful for his behavior. After the show aired, Terri told The Clicker just how horrible the experience was, calling it "adult bullying at its best." The show's mentor, Tim Gunn, was also appalled by Ven. The fashion guru said that the editing was "especially kind" to the designer, adding, "He was especially atrocious."
'Dancing With the Stars' Boo! Hiss! Those aren't exactly the sounds one expects to hear in the glam and glitz-filled ballroom of "Dancing With the Stars," but for a couple of brief moments in the show's 14th season, that's just what an angry audience delivered all the same. It first happened when head judge Len Goodman and the gang decided to follow up a round of big praise with a round of tiny scores for an excellent team paso doble performance. The in-house crowd let the esteemed panel know just what they thought of that call, as they did again when the judges failed to give Melissa Gilbert and ballroom bad boy Maksim Chmerkovskiy their fair due later in the show.
If Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson was hoping viewers would one day get a chance to redneckonize her dance floor moves alongside ballroom bad boy Maksim Chmerkovskiy, she's bound to be disappointed. The "Dancing With the Stars" pro has no intention of waltzing his way to a mirror-ball trophy -- or anything else -- with the TLC reality star.
"She can go ahead and do ('Dancing')," Maks recently told "Extra." "I'm just never going to dance with her."
Plenty of polarizing reality TV personalities have hit the floor on the ballroom bash before, including multiples' mom Kate Gosselin, "Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and former teen mom Bristol Palin. But just how likely is it that the "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" tyke would really get a shot? According to Maks' little brother, Val Chmerkovkiy, who made it all the way to the finals on the last season of the show, not very.
"She's like 7 -- who's going to dance with her?" Val asked rhetorically just before he and Maks joked that recent winning pro Tony Dovolani, who's had his fair share of not-so-winning celebs in the past, might be a good pick.
But what about Honey Boo Boo's mom, aka Mama June? At 33, the coupon- and bingo-loving matriarch is certainly old enough to learn some samba hip shakes -- just not from Maks.
"I would not dance with the mother," the elder Chmerkovskiy insisted.
In fact, Maks hopes to see a higher caliber of stars on the show than what "Dancing" fans have come to expect.
"We also have a lot of reports that we need bigger stars, and I concur," he told "Extra." "I think that some, not all, of our stars have been of questionable backgrounds. But I don’t see Honey Boo Boo or any of her relatives having earned the right, because I think it’s an honor to be on the show."
Season 16 of "Dancing With the Stars" kicks off March 18 at 8 p.m. on ABC. The cast of stars has yet to be revealed.
According to Barbara Walters, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson is truly fascinating.
By Us Weekly
Haven't been taking Honey Boo Boo seriously? All you doubters better redneckognize, because the pint-size pageant queen is a pop culture force to be reckoned with -- according to Barbara Walters, at least.
The 83-year-old journalist spoke to Us Weekly Thursday, Nov. 29, about why she included 7-year-old Alana Thompson on her 2012 list of "Most Fascinating People."
"A lot of people will say, 'For heaven's sake, this is ridiculous, this is a child at 5 or 6 years old entering beauty contests,'" she says. "But the relationship between Alana and her mother -- that's the story, the two of them. It's very touching."
The fart jokes and go-go juice Alana and her family enjoy so much belie serious, old-fashioned family values, Walters argues.
"Honey Boo Boo is not an obnoxious little girl. She's sweet and loving with her mother and loving with her sisters (Jessica, Lauryn and Anna). And now Anna has a new baby, and the baby has (three) thumbs -- but so what? It'll make you smile," says the ABC standout.
The news icon understands, too, that the mix of people on her list might raise a few eyebrows. Admits Walters, "The fact that we have a show with Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie and Honey Boo Boo . . . that is varied to say the least."
During a chat with her fellow "The View" co-hosts earlier this month, Walters revealed a few other people who made the cut (including Clinton and Olympian Gabby Douglas.) For the full roundup, tune in to Walters' ABC special on December 12 at 9:30 p.m. EST.
Pageant-princess-turned-reality-TV star Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson may have convinced TLC viewers to "redneckonize" her and her offbeat family on their hit show, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," but not everyone is a fan of their down-home hijinks.
In a recent Q&A with GQ magazine, "Voice" coach and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine was asked if he'd rather wake up without fame or wake up as one of Honey Boo Boo's parents, and in response, he made his feelings about the folks and the show completely clear.
"Seriously, '(Here Comes) Honey Boo Boo' is the DECAY of Western civilization," he said. "Just because so many people watch the show doesn't mean it's good. So many people witness atrocities and can't take their eyes away from them, but that doesn't mean they're good. That show is literally The. Worst. Thing. That's. Ever. Happened."
As for Honey Boo Boo's parent's, aka Mama June and Sugar Bear, Levine devoted much of his rant to them.
"It's complete f---ing ignorance and the most despicable way to treat your kids," he continued. "F--- those people. You can put that in the magazine: F--- those idiots. They're just the worst. Sorry, I'm so sensitive to that — like, I don't know, man, it's upsetting. Just to clarify, I said, 'F--- THOSE PEOPLE.'"
Although he never directly answered GQ's original question, it seems safe to say Levine would rather go fame free than have anything to do with the Boo Boo bunch.
"That's why we have you here all the time," he cracked.
Asked about Michael Lohan's recent bombshell -- that Lindsay has a half-sister -- the actress said she had some advice for the girl, who she's never met: "Good luck with my dad."
Then Leno held up a series of increasingly fake-looking tabloid covers boasting headlines about Lindsay being pregnant, Tim Tebow "losing it" to Lindsay and, finally, Lindsay looking to adopt Honey Boo Boo.
"All my friends always talk about Honey Boo Boo, and I've never actually seen the show," she said, giggling. "I just know what I heart, but that is just so funny! What is that picture from?!"
Lohan said that she, for one, "never" regrets getting into showbiz at the age of 3.
"I think that there was a point in my life when -- it was more recent than earlier on -- but I'm kind of still a kid, like, in a way. I'm 26," she said when Leno asked if she ever had a time when she wished to take a break from acting.
"I think I had to step back and kind of take myself out of everything and kind of get my head straight and kind of focus on what it is I wanted to do...You know, you get caught up in everything. It's important to kind of find yourself and keep yourself through that."
Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson tries to get out of an interview on "Dr. Drew."
By Ree Hines, TODAY contributor
Being a reality TV sensation can be downright exhausting -- at least that seems to be the case for 7-year-old Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, who tried to squeeze in a nap during a recent chat with Dr. Drew Pinsky.
Actually, the pint-size personality wasn't really sleeping. In a preview clip from Tuesday night's episode of "Dr. Drew," the "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" star fakes a few Zs just to get out of answering Pinsky's questions.
"Honey Boo Boo, you all right?" Pinsky asked when the tyke stretched and turned away from him. "Let me ask you some questions."
But she had other plans. After letting out a long groan, she shut down -- eyes closed, head down.
"Is it difficult to be on TV?" a persistent Pinsky asked. When snores were his only answer, he took a different approach. "Is there something exciting you'd like to talk about?"
The sleep act continued, even after Honey Boo Boo's mother, better known as Mama June to fans of their TLC show, chimed in.
"Alana, come on so we can get this done and go," she urged.
Honey Boo Boo kept up the act, and frankly, who can blame her? The kid's been on a madcap media tour lately that's seen her visit dozens of shows, including a stop to "Jimmy Kimmel Live," where she even made a presidential pick. So, while she was faking the snooze with the good doctor, she has plenty of cause to feel tuckered out and plain tired of TV.
Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson declared her political pick on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Monday night.
By Ree Hines, TODAY contributor
At just 7-years-old, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson can't actually cast a vote come Nov. 6, but there's no election laws preventing her from picking a favorite in the presidential race. And that's just what the "redneckonzin'" tyke did on Monday night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
Kimmel asked the reality TV sensation if she'd ever heard of Republican candidate Mitt Romney. She had not, but she was familiar with his competition, President Barack Obama.
At first Alana seemed about as interested in the political talk as the average kid her age would be, but things quickly took a turn when she learned that one of the hopefuls wasn't exactly a fan of hers.
"On ('Live! With Kelly and Michael'), they asked Mitt Romney if he preferred Snooki or Honey Boo Boo," Kimmel told her. "And do you know what he said? He said he preferred Snooki."
For a brief moment, the "Here's Comes Honey Boo Boo" star looked genuinely sad to hear it, but once she was clear on which candidate favored the spray-tanned, Seaside Heights regular over her, she perked right up.
"Who are you going to support for president -- Mitt Romney or Barack Obama?" Kimmel asked.
In a confab of pop culture almost too amazing to comprehend, there now exists this: a dramatic reading from the dialogue of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," starring Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell and Sam Rockwell.
The whole thing came together thanks to Screen Junkies host Hal Rudnick, who interviewed the trio of actors who were promoting their upcoming film together, "Seven Psychopaths."
"I can't help but give Honey Boo Boo the cast of psychopaths it deserves," Rudnick says in his setup to the clip.
Rudnick casts Walken as Mama June and Sam Rockewell takes on the part of Alana in a reading of the scene about "Making Sketti." In another, Walken again reads the part of Mama, and Farrell takes on the role of Chubbs, reciting (in a southern accent) her infamous weight-loss quote, "My mother has told me in the past that if you fart 12-15 times a day, you could lose a lot of weight, so I think I'm gonna lose a lot of weight."
If anyone knows about the good and the bad sides of being reality television stars, it's the gang over at the "Jersey Shore." So who better to offer some advice to 7-year-old Honey Boo Boo, aka Alana Thompson, on how to handle her newfound fame than them, right?
"Run with it, run with it, run with it!" Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio, 32, said earlier today when he and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro stopped by E! News to promote Thursday's premiere of the sixth and final season of Jersey Shore. "Embrace it! Embrace it and go for it."
The Honey Boo Boo haters remind Ortiz-Magro, 26, of the "Shore's" early days. "She gets the same feedback we got," he said. "You know, 'Look at these crazy people! What are they doing?' Enjoy it while you can...Make the best of it."
Pauly D warns not to take anything too personally. "Just push it aside, stay positive," he said. "That's what I do."
"I would tell her to have a good support system and try to be grounded," said Sorrentino, 30, adding, "All of us have a good system when we come home where there's family and friends and whatnot to ground us to make sure that we stay true to ourselves."
And call us crazy, but wouldn't it be fun to see Honey Boo Boo spend a summer in Seaside Heights? "I think she would kill it," Ortiz-Magro predicted. "She'd be like the new Snooki."
For more of our "Jersey Shore" sit-down, make sure to tune into E! News Wednesday at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.