When TLC canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo in 2014 — axing the reality show that made stars of then-nine-year-old Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and her family — her one-time Toddlers & Tiaras co-star Isabella Barrett didn’t shed any tears. In fact, Isabella is glad the network booted Honey Boo Boo from the airwaves.
The now 11-year-old sounded off about the spin-off show in an exclusive chat with Life & Style at the Love Baby J & BBTC Couture NYFW Presents: Toddlers & Tiaras Reunion Hosted by Eden Wood, Isabella Barrett, and Mackenzie Myers. “I’m glad it got canceled, because it wasn’t a good influence,” Isabella told us, matter-of-factly. “It teaches kids to be mean to their mothers or their parents, it taught them to eat bad. It just wasn’t a great influence to kids at all.”
Alana Thompson now.
Isabella spoke more deferentially about Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and its lead star in a 2014 interview with RumorFix, saying, “I do respect Honey Boo Boo. She was on the same show as me, that’s why. If I knew her, I think I would [be her friend] … It was a good idea to have [the show] canceled, but at the same time, it wasn’t because it was interesting.”
On the flip side, this 2012 Little Miss America had nothing but positive things to say about her own show. “[Toddlers & Tiaras] was a really fun experience for me,” she told us. “I met many new friends, I traveled so many places — it was so much fun.”
So what’s the pageant gal doing now? In a 2017 interview with The Sun, Isabella said she’s interested in helping other kids follow in her footsteps — what her mother dubbed a “children’s Shark Tank.” Explained Isabella, “I’m a part of this thing called Get Made Global. It’s kind of where kids who want their own companies will send invitations to me, and then we’ll decide whether to invest our money and help them start their own company or not … I really love being able to help other kids, and invest my money to help them create their own ideas.”