PRODUCERS are forced to intervene, calling out Mama June as she abandons daughter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson for a new man.
The reality star has had a complicated relationship with her daughters after her struggle with addiction.
Producers step in, questioning Mama June’s decision to leave Alana Thompson behindCredit: WeTV
Show producers slam her for disappearing to run off with a manCredit: WeTV
Mama June defends her decision, maintaining that he’s just a friendCredit: WeTV
During Friday’s episode of Mama June: Road to Redemption, fans see Mama June attempt to reconnect to daughter Alana, 16.
The pair learn that they’ve been invited to appear on The Masked Singer and are excited to travel to California together.
Lauryn “Pumpkin” Efird is skeptical from the start but does agree to allow her sister – whom she has legal guardianship over – to go.
The trip quickly takes a turn for the worst, however, as Mama June spends most of her time distracted by a new love interest named Jordan.
Alana repeatedly tries to get her mom’s attention and spend some one-on-one time with her throughout the trip but is not successful.
The pair are ultimately eliminated from the singing competition series after their first performance – something Alana blames her mother for – and the teen calls home to Pumpkin to complain.
The mom of four tells her husband and sister Jessica: “Alana left me a voicemail crying talking about how bad things are. They were coming back home today because they did get kicked off.
“Alana’s ready to be back home. When I talked to her, she was talking about how mama was all up on her phone talking to that same guy she was talking to before she left here. The thing that’s just frustrating is that she wants to lie about stuff.”
A shocked producer for the show stepped in to help AlanaCredit: WeTV
Viewers are then taken back to a Georgia airport, where Alana and her mom are collecting their things.
Mama June is on her phone, again texting with the same man she had been throughout the trip and even days prior.
Alana quickly grows frustrated with her mother and expresses that to her.
She says in a confessional: “This whole trip I feel like was a disaster because mama, she didn’t take anything serious.
“She was just on the phone with her little friend she didn’t care what we have to do. … it’s like I have to be the adult.”
Mama June continues to maintain that she’s texting with a friend, but Alana grows more suspicious when she hears her tell this mystery man that she arrived and is on her way to see him in Alabama.
She inquires: “Where are you gonna wander off to?”
Mama June says: “I have to go meet a friend. They’re going through some stuff.
“I’ll be back in a couple days.”
Alana appears concerned, asking: “So you’re just gonna leave me in a car with some random person I don’t even know?
“All the way home?”
In a confessional interview, she tells the camera: “It kind of pisses me off.
“I’ve been here for like 15 years now and your friend has maybe been there, what? Not even four months?
“That’s just, I feel like, messed up.”
Production is quick to jump in, despite typically staying out of scenes.
One person asks: “Are you seriously leaving her?”
Mama June answers matter-of-factly: “Yeah, her car is waiting.”
In a confessional, Alana tells the camera: “I don’t know if she just thinks that maybe I’ve done got a little older so I can take care of myself now but I don’t really care at this point because I’ve been feeling less important to her.
“She hasn’t made me a priority – or any of us a priority – in years and, I mean, why do it now?”
She asks her mom: “Where am I supposed to tell Pumpkin you went?”
Mama June assures her: “I’ll call her before you get there so you ain’t gotta deal with it.
“Call me when you get home and I’ll see you in a couple days.”
Producers again get involved, telling her: “I think maybe a little bit more of a heads up for Alana might have been nice.”
In a confessional of her own, Mama June explains he position saying: “Alana’s almost 16 and at 16 I was pregnant with my second child and working two jobs. So I think Alana’s gonna be just fine going home in a car an hour and a half. “
Producers continue to badger her, attempting to get her to see their point of view.
She claims: “I’ve gotta take care of some business.”
A producer then asks: “June, I heard you talk-texting Jordan. Is that where you’re going?”
Mama June finally admits: “Yes, I”m going to Alabama.”
Producers then slam her for taking off on a whim and blowing of the show, noting that it’s meant to be about her.
She brushes off their concern and continues texting.
As she gets in her car, she says over her shoulder: “Surprise. You never know what my life is gonna be like.”
Much of the episode focused on Pumpkin’s battle to act as her sister’s guardian now that her mom is around.
It aired shortly after she revealed the tragic amount she had in her bank account.
Back in March, the reality star said that a banking glitch brought her bank account into the negative.
Pumpkin shared a news article about money disappearing from accounts at the bank she had been using.
She captioned her post: “I had the same problem with a charge for $650 on my card made my account negative and still have yet to figure out the problem!!! Don’t worry I’m about to switch banks.”
The Road to Redemption star got sole custody of sister Alana in April and her mom June was ordered to pay child support payments totaling $800.
She has served as Alana’s legal guardian since August 2019 in the thick of Mama June’s addiction.
Alana is obviously upset following a disappointing trip to California with her momCredit: WeTV
Sister Lauryn “Pumpkin” Elfird is also unhappy with the situationCredit: Social Media – Refer to source
Mama June has moved on with a new man named Justin StroudCredit: Instagram
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