Anna Shannon: Daughter of June Shannon Comes Forward as Mark McDaniel’s Sexual Assault Victim

Earlier today, TLC canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo in the midst of a shocking sexual assault scandal.

Details that emerged today make it clear why the network felt they had no choice but to halt production on the popular reality show effective immediately.

On Thursday, TMZ reported that series star June Shannon is dating a convicted child molester named Mark McDaniel. 

Shannon denied any involvement with McDaniel, and her children came to her defense, claiming that June had cut off all contact with McDaniel at the time of his arrest in 2004.

Anna Shannon Photo

Now one of those children – 20-year-old Anna Shannon – has revealed that she was the victim of McDaniel’s abuse, and that she now believes her mother is romantically involved with McDaniel.

TMZ reports that Anna approached them and revealed that she wants the public to know she was molested by McDaniel so that fans of the show will realize the severity of her mother’s betrayal.

TLC has reportedly uncovered evidence that June Shannon and McDaniel have been dating, including photographs and a car that Shannon allegedly purchased for McDaniel.

Sources say Anna Shannon has been made aware of this evidence and is no longer on speaking terms with her mother. TLC is said to have offered counseling services and other assistance to Anna and her husband and child. 

Reality TV Family

This family is way more famous than you are. It’s just unclear why, exactly.

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Washington School Shooting: Several Injured, Shooter Reportedly Dead

A school shooting at a high school in Marysville, Washington, about 35 miles from Seattle, has reportedly taken place today, but appears to have ended.

The shooter is reportedly dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police sources told the Seattle Times, in the incident at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

Local news stations are reporting that several people have been injured, but police, who responded to calls of shots being fired, have not confirmed.

A nurse at Providence Regional Hospital told a CBS News affiliate that three patients were brought in with gunshot wounds and a fourth is expected.

One reportedly sustained a gunshot wound to the head.

The school is in lockdown, according to KIRO 7 TV.

Three students and a teacher reported gunshots, according to the TV station. The gunman reportedly stood on a table in the cafeteria and opened fire.

A large police response to the reported shooting was dispatched immediately, while Marysville School District released the following statement:

“The Marysville Pilchuck High School is currently in lock down due to an emergency situation. Police and emergency services have responded.”

“The Marysville School District lock down procedures will remain in effect at Marysville Pilchuck until further notice from law enforcement.”

“We will continue to forward communication in cooperation with law enforcement.”

Story developing …

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Bristol Palin blogs about the Palin Brawl, blames ‘media hypocrisy’ for everything


For the love of God. You know how the Palin Family had a huge, drunken, messy brawl in Wasilla back in September? Yeah, we’re still talking about it. I should say – the details of who started what part of the brawl are still sketchy. The anti-Palin people say that the Palin kids were drunk and they were punching people like crazy. The Palins claim that they were attacked and were merely defending themselves. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, where everyone involved made crappy decisions. This week, Bristol Palin’s tearful on-site police interview was released (beware: very NSFW language).

She sounded genuinely traumatized. Alternate opinion: this sounds like a drunk person recounting a drunken brawl, which is something you can hear during every single episode of Cops. Alternate alternate opinion: if this brawl had involved black people, the police involvement would have been MUCH different. Anyway, with the release of this audio, the conservative media is now rallying around their favorite Palin women. And now Bristol Palin is finally telling her side of the story too, only she’s bathing the story in a heavy dose of politics, hypocrisy and stupidity. Bristol’s blog post is called “The Truth about the ‘Palin Brawl’ – The Media Reveals Its Bias Against Conservative Women Once Again.” I’m posting most of it (there are some edits, FYI):

First, the media said Trig was not really my mom’s kid. Then, they claimed my mom said “I can see Russia from my house.” Recently, they said my parents are giving a divorce. And now, they’re saying my family started a “drunken brawl.” Most of the time, I let the lies pass. After all, the truth eventually comes out. But when people are selling “scoop,” photos, and false information… sometimes the truth just isn’t as profitable. Let me tell you what actually happened.

Our friend got knocked out from a cheap shot from behind. (His injury resulted in ten stitches, so it was really low.) Why would anyone do this? Well, here’s a hint. The guy was on social media during this incident, tweeting, “about to get famous.” When Willow saw all this happening she looked at the guy’s mom and said “get ahold of your son.” But apparently the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree, because his mom pushed Willow. A grown woman pushed my little sister. By this point, I’d already gotten into the car. But when Willow ran to me crying, telling me that some lady had pushed her down, I got out of the car to go talk to her. Any big sister would do this. Next to God, family is the most important thing to me… But the evening that began so well took a turn for the worse when this guy decided he wanted to “get famous.”

After I got out of the car, I didn’t get far. I never even got to talk to his mom, because a guy in his late thirties or early forties got in my face. He was towering over me – probably at 6 foot something and over 200 pounds. He puffed his chest out and started yelling. “You c-nt!” he looked right in my eyes and said. “Get the f-ck out of here, you slut!”

I was alarmed that things had gotten so bad so fast. But it got even worse when this guy started pushing me. He had his hands on me, pushing me down. That’s when I swung and hit his face. Some would say I should’ve never retaliated in defense against him, but certainly he should never have pushed a girl. It didn’t phase him. He pushed me down to the ground and kept me there. It was scary and awful. He held me down until someone got me out of the situation. That’s it – that’s the story. I didn’t “swing and hit him seven times with a strong right hook” as so many so-called news stories have reported. After this incident, I still had a perfect manicure on all ten of my nails. Plus – I’m left handed. I wouldn’t even begin to know how to begin “swinging” at someone.

In the meantime, did you even hear about Vice President Joe Biden’s adult son who kicked out of the Navy for cocaine? (That’s the real Vice President’s kid…) So pause for a moment and consider the hysteria over our stupid “incident”, compared to our actual Vice President’s son not even being able to hold on to a position in the Navy Reserve. I’m sure you heard the happy news that Chelsea Clinton had a baby. But did you know her father-in-law and Clinton family pal Edward Mezvinsky is a convicted felon because of committing bank, wire, and mail fraud? Of course, you didn’t. Because the friends and family of the revered liberal elite are treated like delicate China. Don’t handle too roughly. They are precious. They are off limits. Don’t push on them too hard.

In the meantime, I was pushed and held down by some guy… and the media salivates like a dog that’s just been given a bone. Here’s the thing. Violence against women is never okay… Even if that violence occurs against conservative women. Imagine for a second the outrage that would happen if Chelsea Clinton had gotten pushed by some guy. Had she tried to defend herself, the liberal media would’ve held her up as some feminist hero. But it wasn’t Chelsea. It wasn’t Hillary. It wasn’t someone they liked or someone they agreed with. It was a conservative. And once again, the hypocrisy of the media is laid bare.

[From Bristol’s blog]

To defend the media reporting on what happened – everyone went with the sources they had. There were Palin-friendly sources telling their side, but for the most part, the majority of “sources” had the Palins pulling up to the snowmobile party in a stretch Hummer and instigating the fight almost immediately. The Palins didn’t directly confirm or deny anything until now. I don’t understand why the media should have ignored their sources just because Palins Are Always Perfect And Nothing Is Ever Their Fault?

As for Bristol specifically and her actions… so a guy assaulted her and she assaulted him right back. That’s her story. We’ve heard different versions, including versions that Bristol threw the first punch out of nowhere. Unless someone has video, we really won’t know for sure. But here’s what I do know: Bristol has a history of painting herself as a victim and denying her own actions. She’s a Perpetual Victim, she constantly plays that card (it’s a family trait).

And yes, Bristol, we did know that Chelsea Clinton’s father-in-law was in jail and we knew Joe Biden’s son snorted all the coke. Every media outlet reported on it. That’s why you were able to link to those stories on media sites.


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The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 7 Recap: Drop It Like It’s Hot!

Thursday night on The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 7, the team members were presented with a involved a unique challenge involving a swimming pool.

Intrigued yet? Just wait …

The twist on The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 7 was to hold a percentage of their body weight in order to keep their trainers from falling into a pool.

If the trainer fell, they were out of commission for the week, which would have a dramatic impact on the sports stars looking to recapture their Glory Days.

The Blue Team wins this challenge and thus keeps Jessie with them the whole week, while the White and Red Teams are left to their own devices.

That’s not to say they’re throwing in the towel. Scott and Rob, having failed to pull their weight (literally), are out to make sure it doesn’t cost them.

Jen is back with the White Team and is pushing them hard, while Scott has become the leader of his unit and is doing all he can to step up for them.

Jessie is pushing his charges as well, so it will come down to the weigh-in to see if having him around served the purpose the challenge was designed for.

First up is the Red Team: Rob has lost 9 pounds, Jordan 7, Scott 7 and Blake 5. Some of the team members are happier about this than others.

On the Blue Team, Lori has shed 5 pounds this week, Damien 5 and Jackie 2. For the White Team, JJ is down 7, Woody and Toma 4, and Rondalee 2.

It comes down to Sonya, who must lose 4 pounds to keep her squad safe, and she blows by that with a 6 pound loss to deal the Blue Team a defeat.

Jackie will be going home as a result … or at least to Comeback Canyon, where she will have one last chance to fight for the glory she wants back.

If you watch The Biggest Loser online, this is often the best part, where they end up there instead of at the airport. But now it’s really do or die for Jackie.

She’ll face off against Gina, who edged Matt to remain at the Canyon. Matt is gone for good, but so are 114 pounds that he once carried around.

Best denouement of all? He proposed to his girlfriend at the waterfall she always wanted to see but he couldn’t because of his weight. So awesome.

Rachel Frederickson Before and After Photos

Rachel Frederickson before and after weight loss on The Biggest Loser. What a transformation.

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Tamar & Vince Season 3 Episode 1 Recap: Welcome to the Tour de Tamar!

Thursday night’s Tamar & Vince Season 3 Episode 1, the return of the Braxton Family Values spinoff, took us along on her latest tour. What did we learn there?

As we know from the Family Values, the Braxton sisters live by a go big or go home mantra. Or so it often seems, and it has done a lot for them clearly.

But did protagonist Tamar bite off more than she can chew in this case?

On Tamar & Vince Season 3 Episode 1, she sets a very ambitious agenda for herself and her man, placing them both under a great deal more stress than usual.

What was that, exactly, and how did they cope with all that this entails?

With Vince by her side at all times, the R & B artist is set to launch her first tour as the headline act, and at the same time she is still working on a new album.

Oh, and did we mention the talk show she is now one of the hosts of?

Yeah. To say they have a lot on their respective plates would be a given, and we see the two struggle a bit to find the right work and life  balance.

Marriage, parenthood, careers. It’s a tough act to juggle ‘em all, guys.

Will they come through stronger in the end, or just keep fighting more than ever, doomed to fall into a pattern from which their relationship might not escape?

You’ll have to watch Tamar & Vince online to check out the premiere for yourself and see, but you can bet that for the duo, this is very much a work in progress.

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Craig Spencer, NYC Ebola Doctor, Tests Positive For Disease

Dr. Craig Spencer, who recently returned from Guinea, has tested positive for the Ebola virus, making him New York City’s first diagnosed patient.

Spencer, 33, was taken to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday after reporting a “fever and gastrointestinal symptoms,” city officials said in a statement.

A preliminary test confirms that the doctor contracted the deadly Ebola virus. Another test will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control.

Doctors Without Borders, with whom he had been participating in treating the virus in Africa, confirmed that one of its own contracted Ebola yesterday:

“A person in New York City, who recently worked with Doctors Without Borders in one of the Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, notified our office this morning to report having developed a fever.”

“As per specific guidelines Doctors Without Borders provides its staff on return from Ebola assignments, the individual engaged in regular health monitoring and reported this development immediately.”

New York health officials are currently working to track down who Spencer may have had contact with since returning to the United States October 14.

At a press conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the doctor is cooperating with officials to help them reconstruct his activities over the past few days.

According to a rough timeline provided by city officials, Spencer’s symptoms developed Wednesday, prompting him to isolate himself in his apartment.

When he felt worse Thursday, he and his fiancée made a joint call to authorities to detail his symptoms and his travels. EMTs in full Ebola gear arrived.

One potential concern? Spencer took the subway from Manhattan into Brooklyn on Wednesday night, just a day before he reported a fever from the virus.

There, the “dedicated humanitarian” went to a bowling alley, then took a cab home. His Harlem apartment on West 147th Street has since been sealed off.

The international ER doctor works at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. He had not seen any patients or been to the hospital since his return.

Spencer “went to an area of medical crisis to help a desperately underserved population. He is a committed and responsible physician who always puts his patients first.”

Texas nurses Nina Pham, 26, and Amber Vinson, 29, remain hospitalized, though the latter has been declared Ebola-free. Get well soon, Craig.

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Jason Hoppy to Bethenny Frankel: No Bryn on Real Housewives of NYC!

Bethenny Frankel’s return to The Real Housewives of New York City is a done deal, but ex-husband Jason Hoppy will do anything to keep their daughter off it.

Hoppy is expected to formally ask the judge handling their bitter divorce to prevent 4-year-old daughter Bryn Hoppy from ever appearing on the Bravo show.

  • Hoppy
  • Hi, Bethenny Frankel!

Frankel’s return to RHONYC was confirmed this week, and “Jason isn’t thrilled because he knows Bethenny is going to get in numerous jabs” about their split.

While anything you see when you watch The Real Housewives of New York City online is out of his control, Hoppy hopes to control one critical aspect.

“It’s just unhealthy for Bryn to be on TV at a time when her parents are getting divorced,” explains the source. “Bethenny signed up for the show, [Bryn] didn’t.”

Bethenny may point to Hoppy’s double standard, says a source: “Jason had no problem with Bryn being on Bethenny’s [shows] when they were happily married.”

“Bethenny wouldn’t have Bryn be with her during every single shoot for Real Housewives, but she is adamant that the judge allow her to be on the show.”

Frankel, who starred on the show from 2008-10, after which she built a Skinnygirl cocktail empire, spent the summer carefully considering a return to Bravo.

“I’m genuinely excited, with a side of slightly nervous, for my return to the Real Housewives of New York City,” the 43-year-old said in a statement.

“Bravo has always been the [place on TV] where I have the freedom to be unfiltered, honest and inappropriate, with an audience who has been with me from the beginning.”

“I can’t wait to see what this next chapter brings for all of us.”

Sounds like it will bring big drama on and off the screen.

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13 Celebrities Who Became Utterly Unrecognizable From How We Think of Them

There’s changing one’s look or appearance, and then there are these 13 celebrities, who became completely unrecognizable from how we once knew them.

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan compared to what she looked like as a fresh-faced teenager, not even 10 full years ago? Pretty astounding and not in a good way.

Either for a period in their lives, or for good (Renee Zellweger’s face likely isn’t going back to its Bridget Jones version), this is stuff you couldn’t make up.

Not even if you used all the makeup in the world. We can’t believe these dramatic transformations, especially among some stars who are still so young.

Some celebs’ looks naturally change, of course, as they age from child teen stars to adults, so it’s unfair to say that doesn’t play at least some role here.

This is part of why Renee Zellweger then and now photos shocked the Internet so much this week, though. Renee is 45, and the change was recent.

Relatively speaking, the Zellweger we envision when we hear her name still looked more or less the same just a few years ago (see gallery below).

The pressures of Hollywood are immense, though, whether it’s a problem with addiction or a question of trying to remain forever youthful looking.

Either battle is a losing one, and some of the above side by side photo comparisons should serve as a cautionary tale regarding the dark side of fame.

Some are just funny, though. Can you imagine Zooey Deschanel without her signature bangs? Louis C.K. with hair on his head but not on his face?

A clean cut Zach Galifianakis?

We didn’t think so. But the above gallery has all of them and more! Check it out, and for a look at what everyone’s talking about re: Renee, see below …

Renee Zellweger Then and Now

Renee Zellweger in 2004 and 2014. Yes, that is actually the same person.

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Jessica Lange Covers Lana Del Rey on American Horror Story: Watch Now!

American Horror Story: Freak Show is set in 1952.

But the FX series has taken some musical liberties over the first few episodes, with Jessica Lange having covered David Bowie’s “Life on Mars” and Sarah Paulson doing the same for Fiona Apple’s “Criminal.”

Last night, meanwhile, on American Horror Story Season 4 Episode 3, Lange got her singing on once again.

This time, it was to Lana Del Rey’s “Gods & Monsters.” How did she do? How does her version compare to the original? Listen for yourself and find out now: 

According to the series storyline, this was such an epic number that it attracted freak-show urban myth Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley), a deadly spirit with two faces.

Confused? Intrigued? Scared? Confused, intrigued and scared?

Sit back and watch American Horror Story online via TV Fanatic/the video posted here in order to make some sense out of the latest episode…

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Teresa Giudice: Bound For Orange is the New Black Prison!

Teresa Giudice has been sentenced to serve her 15-month prison term at the Danbury, Conn., location where the series Orange is the New Black is based.

Teresa Giudice Going to Court

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star was fired by her crisis manager earlier this week, allegedly for trying to orchestrate a move to this very spot.

Wendy Feldman ended her contract with her high profile client on Monday, for not following due process in her representations to the Bureau of Prisons.

Conflicting reports said that she tried to secure a place in a halfway house, which would have allowed her to work and visit home during the weekend.

In any case, a judge shot down her halfway house request, saying that her timing for such applications was all wrong and sending her off to Danbury.

Guidice, who was sentenced to 15 months in prison for fraud and conspiracy with her husband Joe Giudice (who got 41 months) is free until January 5.

The couple will serve their sentences separately so one is with their daughters, who you’re familiar with if you watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey online.

Orange is the New Black, which is based on a memoir by Piper Kerman inspired by the year she served at the facility, has become a hit for Netflix.

Guidice will not be the only celebrity resident Danbury has seen in recent months. On Friday, October 3, singer Lauryn Hill was released from the facility.

Expect a lot more headlines from there once Teresa checks in. Here are 11 reasons, in GIF form, why her fellow inmates had best be on notice:

Table Flipping Fiend

Teresa Giudice is not gonna take any crap. Her table-flipping reputation will precede her in prison, thanks to The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 1.

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