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It is, tragically, all over between Sugar Bear Thompson and June Shannon.

But, fortunately, it is not all over between Sugar Bear Thompson and the TLC series that has made him (semi) famous.

Despite his split from the show’s matriarch – amidst rumors that he cheated on Shannon – TMZ confirms that Sugar Bear will remain a key cast member on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

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Producers are hoping to avoid a John & Kate Plus 8-like implosion of the popular reality program, especially because Sugar Bear is the main character’s biological father.


Insiders believe it would be “ridiculously incomplete” to air episodes without him and simply plan on making his separation from Shannon a part of the new season.

“To tell the truth it’s good for the show. It had hit a bit of a lull and now there are tons of story lines … dating, single parenting, breakup,” a source tells TMZ.

Somewhere, Kendra Wilkinson is nodding along in agreement.

Look for Mama June to be featured even more prominently when Here Comes Honey Boo Boo returns, but for her to be portrayed as the rock of the family. Not as some emotional basket case.

It should be an interesting upcoming season.

Do you need to catch up before it airs? Go watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo online via TV Fanatic.