South Florida, it seems, is where popular culture’s B-listers in decline go to get their first experiences as strip bar entertainers.
The infamous Octomom did it in 2012 in a Hallandale club where she bared the very body that gave birth to eight children in one, big fell swoop.
Saturday night in Pompano Beach, it was the hefty “Mama” June Shannon, reality TV’s Honey Boo Boo’s mom, who greeted the regulars and newbies at Crazy Horse, a recently opened gentleman’s club.
After garnering huge ratings on cable’s TLC starting in 2012, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was canceled last fall. Tabloid outfits figured out Mama June had not just one, but two serious flings with known sex offenders.
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So, in an attempt to squeeze out the last few drops of stardom, she embarked on a tour of strip bars. While she once tipped the scale at 260 pounds, she recently shed about one third of that for the tour.
First stop: Crazy Horse, where she was contracted to press the flesh until about 1 a.m.
“We don’t expect her to strip,” says Crazy Horse marketing guru Tonia Ryan, “but you never know with her. Mama June is fun and funny. She’s there to meet and greet people, take photos, sign autographs.”
Ryan says the club is catering to a clientele that includes women who accompany their husbands.
So, instead of hiring porn stars as featured acts, the club is bringing in reality stars who don’t shed their clothes, including Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ Scott Disick.
“We’re a high-end place,” Ryan said.
new billionaire in town
A billionaire’s moving south instead of the other way around.
George Lindemann Sr., the 144th richest American ($4.2 billion to his name, according to Forbes), is quietly trying to sell the beachfront mansion he bought for $23.5 million in 2008 in Palm Beach.
A source close to the family says Lindemann is moving to 2300 Bay Ave., into a home being built on one of the Sunset Islands in Miami Beach.
Lindemann is famous for making a ton of cash in vastly different industries, including cell phones, oil pipelines, cable TV and cosmetics.
Lindemann Sr.’s son, George Jr., is president of the board of the Bass Museum of Art.
The Canadian dollar losing ground against the U.S. currency doesn’t bode well for former Miami Dolphins receiver Chad Johnson.
The ball catcher formerly known as Ochocinco, who’s toiling on the field for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, could lose his $1.3 million home in Davie if his development’s HOA has its way.
Records show Johnson, 37, bought a place in the Long Lake Ranches section of the cowboy town in 2005. The same records show he hasn’t been paying his dues on a regular basis.
This time around, the HOA claims Johnson hasn’t paid the $390-a-month fees since July. He’s behind by $3,503.
Interest is accruing at 18 percent a year, and the HOA filed a foreclosure action last week.
phil collins in town
Remember Phil Collins?
In the 1990s, you couldn’t turn on the radio for more than 15 minutes without hearing a Collins tune.
Now, the former Genesis frontman is focused on a children’s charity he founded in 2000, the Little Dreams Foundation.
His next fundraiser, at 11 a.m. Sunday, features brunch at Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach and the music of his son, Nicholas Collins.