Mama June from Honey Boo Boo Denies She’s Dating a Sex Offender

10/24/2014 AT 08:00 AM EDT

Mama June is fighting back.

June Shannon, 35, the matriarch on TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, has denied reports this week that she is dating a convicted sex offender – writing on Facebook that she left the man 10 years ago.

“It isnt true i promise,” she writes. “My kids r #1 priority over anything else and I would never put them in danger period over this or anything else they r my life this is my past I left him 10 yrs ago for it and I wouldn’t go back.”

The man, Mark McDaniel, 53, was convicted of aggravated child molestation and imprisoned in June 2004.

There was no immediate reaction from TLC to Shannon’s statement. Earlier this week, the network said: “We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series.”

Shannon split from Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson – who is father to 9-year-old Alana Thompson, aka Honey Boo Boo – last month after a decade together.

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Amy Poehler Has the Angelina Jolie of Vaginas and 6 Other Things We Learned

Amy Poehler Has the Angelina Jolie of Vaginas and 6 Other Things We Learned

In her new memoir, Yes Please, Amy Poehler opens up about her childhood, her divorce from Will Arnett, and her own outstanding female anatomy. The book, which is a mix of personal stories, essays, advice, and plenty of memories from Saturday Night Live, is a hilarious yet tender look at the actress’ journey from the first time she she fell in love with improve (for the record, it was during her fourth grade performance of The Wizard of Oz) to fighting for the survival of Parks and Recreation.

Here’s what we learned about comedy’s fairy godmother:

Even Angelina Jolie would be jealous of Poehler’s… vagina.

When opening up about giving birth to her first son, Archibald, Poehler prefaced with an indisputable self-made proclamation about her anatomy. “I don’t consider myself beautiful or famous, but my vagina certainly is. Everyone knows this. I have the Angelina Jolie of vaginas.” Despite the A-list status of her vagina, Poehler was nervous about giving birth, which happened the night before Jon Hamm first hosted SNL in 2008.

Giving birth led to a number of big things for her friends.

When her water broke at 3:30 am on Saturday morning, Poehler was forced to pull out of that evening’s episode of SNL. As a result, Elisabeth Moss stepped in to replace Poehler during a Mad Men sketch and met Fred Armisen for the first time that night. A year later, the two got married. (The two eventually divorced in 2011.) Seth Meyers, Poehler’s Weekend Update co-host, delivered the Update solo for the first time. Meyers would later host the segment solo for five years following his co-star’s departure.

Harvey Korman and Tim Conway inspired the Emmy beauty pageant gag. 

In her book, Poehler reveals that she was inspired by a bit Korman orchestrated when, during the list of nominees, he and his fellow Emmy nominees stood up as if they won. Ahead of the 2011 Emmys, Poehler and fellow nominee Martha Plimpton plotted a similar gag with Laura Linney, Edie Falco, Melissa McCarthy, and Tina Fey. The way Poehler describes how it all went down, it sounds like a dream:

Rob Lowe and Sofia Vergara read my name and I just got out of my seat and pretended I had won. Standing up there, I could feel the audience’s delight and confusion, followed by pure joy when Melissa and the other women followed suit. … We all came up onstage and held hands like were in the final moments of the Miss America pageant. I felt like I might die from happiness. When Melissa won, we all genuinely screamed with joy. Standing onstage being funny with those ladies was so much better than winning.”

Watch the moment again. Right now:

Poehler was nervous about hosting the Golden Globes for the first time until she sat on George Clooney’s lap. 

The actress decided to sit in the audience when the category she was nominated for was announced. Poehler opted to sit with Clooney — more accurately, in his lap. When he asked “what kind of bit” she was cooking up, she said she was going to pretend to be totally engrossed by him. “As the camera cut to me he whispered in my ear, ‘The thing about making movies is…’”

Poehler loves to snoop even if it ends up backfiring on her. 

The actress admits that she is a snooper, something that started when she was a child and would rummage through her own parents’ room. While she never found anything more scandalous than some old copies of Playboy, snooping on her “male model” boyfriend didn’t end so well. “I made the mistake of snooping and reading the model’s journal.” After reading one of his entries about her, she learned that he thought she was “funny but not that pretty, which was kind of like cool, you know?” Needless to say, after some hurt feelings she ditched his sorry (hot yet boring) ass.

Yes, even Poehler has tried drugs. 

In a chapter titled, Obligatory Drug Stories, or Lessons I Learned On Mushrooms, the actress recalls some of her more rebellious moments. “I tried cocaine, which I instantly loved but eventually hated. Cocaine is terrific if you want to hang out with people you don’t know very well and play Ping-Pong all night. It’s bad for almost everything else.” In addition to trying coke, Poehler admits she was a “stoner for a year” after college.

And yes, divorce “sucks.”

“Getting a divorce really sucks. Imagine spreading everything you care about on a blanket and then tossing the whole thing up in the air. The process of divorce is about loading that blanket, throwing it up, watching it all spin, and worrying what stuff will break when it lands.” Poehler and Arnett filed for divorce in April of 2014.

Yes Please (Dey Street Books) is available where ever books are sold on Tuesday, Oct. 28. 

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Princess Kate Keeping Quiet on Sex of Her New Baby

Princess Kate Keeping Quiet on Sex of Her New Baby

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

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10/24/2014 AT 07:20 AM EDT

When she was pregnant with Prince George, Princess Kate joked that she wanted a boy and that dad Prince William hoped for a girl.

This time around, Kate, 32, is keeping quiet about what she hopes will be her baby’s gender.

Appearing at the third of three royal outings this week, Kate met a supporter of one of her charities, Action on Addiction, at a dinner Thursday night, where the expectant mom said she was “loving” being out for the evening.

As that supporter, Christopher Holder, told reporters, “There was talk about the baby, and I think someone asked the question ‘What is it going to be?’ but she didn’t answer.”

Holder also said, in light of Kate’s difficult first trimester, “We’re obviously all aware, there was a bit of nervousness that this may not happen with her being here. But we’re so pleased that she’s recovered and she’s here. What she’s done for Action on Addiction is superb in terms of putting it on the map.”

At 13 weeks into her pregnancy, it is thought to be too early for Kate and William to find out the gender of their second child. And, if last time is any example, they likely won’t do so.

Action and Addiction is the only organization in the U.K. to work across the fields of research, prevention, treatment, professional education and family support. Kate has been its patron since January 2012.

“During the time I have spent with clients and staff I have been privileged to see the phenomenal work which the charity undertakes to improve the lives of those affected by addiction,” Kate wrote in the program for Thursday’s event, held at the smart City of London Italian restaurant L’Anima.

“The stories of recovery are remarkable; and Action on Addiction’s role in helping people achieve this is truly inspiring.”

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What Gets Rene Russo Fired Up?

10/24/2014 AT 06:25 AM EDT

Rene Russo stars as a veteran news producer in the thriller Nightcrawler, and the 60-year-old actress revealed her extreme dislike for home improvement projects – and bad drivers – when she chatted with PEOPLE this week about “one last thing” …

Last home improvement
I did a six-year home improvement from hell. I should’ve just taken the money and burned it in the backyard. I went through too many architects, didn’t like what happened and I ended up being my own architect, which was a disaster.

Last meal I loved
Okay, I would put my meatballs or lasagna up against anyon’’s. And I make this incredible Moroccan chicken. But I’ll be honest, I really don’t like cooking.

Last disagreement
Probably with someone on the road. But I’m trying to keep my road rage under control, and I have gotten better.

Last vacation I took
Last week to visit my daughter [Rose, 21] in Denmark. She’s there for a semester studying psychology. She was like a tour guide – and very good.

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