You can come out from behind the sofa now, folks. It turns out that one of the most disturbing TV rumors of recent months is NOT true. Honey Boo Boo’s Mom, Mama June will NOT be appearing on DWTS. Those rumors began when an ABC insider informed New York Daily News that June Shannon would be appearing on the forthcoming season of the celebrity dancing show. A rep for TLC, however, have told Huffington Post that those rumors are false. Huge breaths of relief being sighed the nation over, we wouldn’t wonder. The very thought of Mama June’s brash voice bellowing across a dance rehearsal space was filling us with a sense of unprecedented dread.

Mama June made the headlines recently for her massive weight loss. She dropped her weight by 115 pounds, despite her love of fried food and ‘sketti’ (a worryingly calorific mix of spaghetti with a ‘sauce’ comprised of ketchup and melted butter) and insisted that the loss was down to the hectic schedule that her daughter’s reality TV show (Here Comes Honey Boo Boo) places on her. Sketti’s still on the menu, it would appear, but she’s just a bit more active than she used to be. How many calories does ‘bellowing consistently at your family’ burn up, we wonder?

Meanwhile, other likely candidates for the next series of Dancing With The Stars are Emily Maynard, Victor Ortiz and Kourtney Kardashian

Honey Boo Boo and Mama June

Honey Boo Boo and Mama June, pictured together