Mama June walked the aisle for love — and money
By Bill Zwecker May 6, 2013 8:48PM
In a camouflage-themed gown, “Mama June” Shannon traded some kind of vows with Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson. | TLC
Updated: June 8, 2013 6:03AM
As TLC announced Monday that new episodes of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” will air in July, I learned “Mama June” Shannon and Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson were paid a hefty “bonus” — reportedly a nice six-figure sum — to have that ceremony Saturday that may or may not have been a wedding.
The parents of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, together for nine years, had seen no reason to marry until show producers made them realize the huge viewership potential that kind of episode would draw to their hit reality show. Snaring that extra cash didn’t hurt either! No airdate is yet set, except the ceremony — with Shannon decked out in her camouflage-themed gown — obviously will be part of the upcoming season.
No airdate is yet set, except the ceremony — with Shannon decked out in her camouflage-themed gown — obviously will be part of the upcoming season.
e any patience for is a kid doing something stupid like this,” a longtime friend of the couple said Monday. “Especially Maria has no tolerance for someone — in particular one of her children — acting like an obnoxious ass----,” added the source.
The younger Schwarzenegger — who had gained entrance to the Sayers Club by using a pal’s driver’s license — was booted after he got into an altercation with the club’s DJ. TMZ reports Schwarzenegger was “rowdy and obnoxious” and ultimately was thrown out after he began pelting the DJ with ice cubes.
DERBY DITTY: Chicago restaurateur John Ward (the Boarding House, Bistronomic) and his wife, Mary, had a blast Saturday at the Kentucky Derby — spotting such celebs as John Elway, Jane Seymour, Garrett Morris, Emily Van Camp (“Revenge”), country star Luke Bryant and Lance Bass.
But the Wards’ most memorable moment was running into Smokey Robinson as they exited Churchill Downs. John, joined by two buddies, exhibited great Chicago chivalry as they carried Smokey’s wife, Frances Robinson, across a very muddy, puddle-packed gravel parking lot — just to save her fancy high heels!
GETTING IN TUNE: Before the large crowd at the Menchie’s yogurt shop in Park Ridge had Clive Davis autograph copies of his bestseller “The Soundtrack of My Life” Saturday afternoon, the music mogul gave local singer and songwriter Kim Schaefer a big thrill. The Elmhurst College grad won the Menchie’s drawing for a chance to audition for the music legend responsible for the careers of everyone from Barry Manilow to Whitney Houston to Alicia Keys.
After hearing Schaefer sing her idol Stevie Nicks’ “Landslide,” plus one of her own original songs, Davis candidly told the 23-year-old she has “a very nice voice” and a true flair for songwriting, but he felt her best shot at a career would be in the world of country music — suggesting she might consider moving to Nashville for a year, “to see it something could happen for you.”
† Davis’ reason for making his only Chicago-area book-signing appearance at Menchie’s was his long friendship with the store’s owner, Randy Sturges — who organized the event that also raised funds for the Fine Arts Department at Maine South High School.