Georgia fans of the reality television series “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” are most likely aware that the show was suddenly cancelled on Oct. 24, 2014, amid allegations that Mama June was involved in a relationship with a man convicted of child molestation. In the aftermath of the show’s cancellation, TLC — the network that carried the show — is accusing Mama June of breach of contract. However, she says the network breached the contract first, so she should not have to honor it.
The show premiered in 2012 as a chronicle of the life and times of the family of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, a former contestant in child beauty pageants. She first appeared on “Toddlers & Tiaras,” which is another TLC reality series. At its height, an estimated 3.21 million people watched the show about her family, but by the time it was cancelled, less than a million people were still watching.
TLC claims that Mama June is set to do another reality show on another network, which would be in violation of their contract. Mama June says that, since TLC has failed to pay her family’s health insurance, which is also part of that same contract, she is no longer obligated to abide by the terms of the contract. The network claims it was only contractually liable for the health insurance through the end of 2014, but it graciously extended the coverage through May of this year. However, it is claimed that payment has yet to be made.
As is the case in many breach of contract claims here in Georgia, the parties may attempt to resolve their issues without going to court. Some differences can be resolved in less time and for less money using mediation or arbitration. These options also allow the parties to keep the details of their agreements from becoming public in many cases. Many contracts contain provisions to use these alternative dispute resolution options prior to going to court, but it is not known if that option is available for Mama June and TLC.
Source: ibtimes.com, “‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ Controversy: Mama June Breaches TLC Contract Following Show’s Cancellation“, Megan Schaefer, March 5, 2015