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‘Honey Boo Boo’ siblings have a sex offender for a dad

Reality bites back.

Turns out the biological father for two of Honey Boo Boo’s siblings had a star turn on a reality show long before TLC ever shined a light on the eccentric Georgia family.

“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” matriarch June “Mama June” Shannon said Michael Anthony Ford is the father of 18-year-old daughter Jessica Shannon and Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, 14.

She made the revelation in an interview with Entertainment Tonight in which Mama June tried to distance herself from reports that she’d rekindled a relationship with convicted sex offender Mark McDaniel.

For merchandising, publishing & ancillary products, check talent contract, appearance & property releases.Chris Fraticelli./TLC/Chris Fraticelli The cast of ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ from top left: Lauryn (Pumpkin), Mike (Sugar Bear), Jessica (Chubbs), Anna (Chickadee). Bottom left: Alana (Honey Boo Boo), June (Momma). 

But Ford, 37, has his own blotted past. He served time for sexual exploitation of minors after being nabbed on “To Catch a Predator” in 2005.

Mama June needed to set the record straight after eldest daughter 20-year-old Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell claimed she was molested as an 8-year-old by McDaniel.

“She has brung the past back and now she can’t get it away,” Cardwell said in a recent ET interview. “I’m mad. I’m upset. I feel betrayed. I feel very hurt. That’s the main thing that I am – I feel very hurt that Mama let him come around.”

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Michael Anthony Ford, 37, has been revealed as the father of two of Mama June’s daughters.

Enlarge Mark McDaniel served jail time for aggravated child molestation in 2004. Mama June of TLC's TV show 'Here comes Honey Boo Boo' is reportedly dating McDaniel. NSOPW

Mark McDaniel served jail time for aggravated child molestation in 2004. Mama June of TLC’s TV show ‘Here comes Honey Boo Boo’ is reportedly dating McDaniel.

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Michael Anthony Ford (l.) and Mark McDaniel are each convicted sex offenders who have been romantically linked to ‘Honey Boo Boo’ matriarch June ‘Mama June’ Shannon.

The problem: Pumpkin believed McDaniel was her dad, so Mama June set up a meeting between her, Pumpkin and McDaniel, who was recently released from a 10-year hitch in prison for aggravated child molestation.

“(Pumpkin) was starting to resent Anna and she was starting to ask me questions. I can’t answer those questions for Pumpkin,” Mama June told ET. “I was sitting right there with 12 other people. It was a conversation that she wanted her answers: What happened, why did he leave, you know, if he was her real father? He admitted to her, ‘no.’ I had already told her that but, you know, she wanted to hear from both sides of the story.”

TLC canceled “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” after four seasons on Oct. 24 amid reports Mama June was dating McDaniel again. After all, reality star Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson is just 9 and reality TV doesn’t get much more uncomfortable than when a convicted child molester is hanging around.

Anna Caldwell on 'Dr. Drew'HLN Anna ‘Chickadee’ Cardwell claimed she was molested as an 8-year-old by Mark McDaniel.

But Mama June tried to change the narrative in her latest interview, closing the door on McDaniel.

“I understand that…and honestly it’s not like I’m seeing him every day, I promise,” Mama June told ET. “I wanted to be able to give one of my other daughters closure and now Pumpkin is happy, that piece of our life is over.”

In an interview with Dr. Phil set to air on Monday, Mama June said McDaniel has a new girlfriend and she’s also done with ex-boyfriend Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson.

June 'Mama June' Shannon of TLC's 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' speaks to Entertainment Tonight regarding the controversy of her dating Mark McDaniel who served jail time for aggravated child molestation.ET June ‘Mama June’ Shannon of TLC’s ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ speaks to Entertainment Tonight regarding the controversy of her dating Mark McDaniel who served jail time for aggravated child molestation.

“(Sugar Bear) cheated, he hurt me a lot,” she told Dr. Phil. “I am not in love with him.” 

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