‘Mama June: Family Crisis’: Mama June Isn’t Speaking to Honey Boo Boo or Pumpkin After Her Arrest for Drug Possession

Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon are worried about their mom, Mama June Shannon. In a clip from the new season of Mama June: Family Crisis, Alana and Pumpkin share that they haven’t heard from their mother since she was arrested on drug possession charges in March 2019. They’re worried that the reality TV star is throwing away opportunities to get her life back on track and that if she doesn’t change her behavior soon, she could end up in prison. 

Mama June was arrested for drug possession in 2019 

A year ago, Mama June and her boyfriend Eugene “Geno” Edward Doak were arrested in Alabama. She was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, while he was arrested on charges of domestic violence and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Both were charged with felonies and have pleaded not guilty. 

In a “first look” clip from the upcoming season of Mama June: Family Crisis, which premies March 27 on WE tv, it’s clear that Mama June’s arrest has completely upended her family’s life. Alana, 14, is currently living with her older sister Pumpkin, 20, who is now her legal guardian, and Pumpkin’s husband. The family tried to get Mama June to go to rehab, but she left after less than a day. Now, no one can get in touch with Mama June. 

Honey Boo Boo and Pumpkin say they can’t reach their mom 

Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson (L) and Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon
Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon | Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Since fleeing rehab, Mama June and Geno have apparently been living in Alabama. But as the girls explain in the video, if it wasn’t for social media, they wouldn’t have any idea of her whereabouts, since she’s not taking their calls. 

“She doesn’t even answer our phone calls,” Pumpkin says. “It goes straight to voicemail. Geno’s phone goes to voicemail.”

“Or they say all their phones are dead and they were sleeping,” Alana adds. 

Pumpkin says she’s not sure what else the family can do if Mama June does not want to get help. 

“We tried to send her to rehab. The network even gave her the opportunity that anybody in their right f*cking mind would take. She checked out within less than 24 hours.” Pumpkin said that her was facing the prospect of years behind bars if she’s convicted on the drug possession charges.

The family worries that Geno is spending all of Mama June’s money 

As far as her family knows, Mama June is in Alabama, where she is spending a lot of time at the casino. 

“Why come home when they can go to the casino and Geno can spend all the money?” asks Mama June’s sister Joanne “Doe Doe” Shannon. 

“That’s the thing. How much more money are they going to blow through before she’s completely broke?” wondered Pumpkin. 

Mama June says she still isn’t seeing her kids 

After an absence of seven months, Mama June resurfaced on social media in January 2020. In an Instagram post, she revealed that she still doesn’t have contact with her kids. 

“I’m not saying I’m perfect as every day is a struggle [and] some days I just want to disappear,” she wrote before sharing that she and her kids “aren’t still seeing each other.” 

She added that she hopes she’ll resume contact with her children soon and wrote that she wants them to know that she misses them and “love[s] them very much. 

Mama June: Family Crisis premieres Friday, March 27 at 9/8 on WE tv.