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Honey Boo Boo Family

TLC Gave Them

HUGE RAISE

10/1/2012 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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June Shannon, Honey Boo Boo and the rest of the clan got an enormous salary raise from TLC after the second episode and they didn't even ask for it ... TMZ has learned.

Sources very familiar with the situation tell us ... the family received between $5,000 and $7,000 an episode at the beginning of the series. We're told after the second episode it was apparent to TLC they had a big hit on their hands, so network honchos approached the family and told them they were boosting their salary. Our sources would not be specific ... but they say the increase gave them somewhere between $15,000 and $20,000 an episode.

We're also told TLC volunteered to cover various expenses, including a bodyguard/driver for Sugar Bear, who was incapacitated after his ATV accident.

And there's more.  We're told TLC even offered to help the family find a somewhat larger, more secure home, but June refused.  She said she wanted to stay in the house because she makes a big deal over Christmas -- decorating the house for the community.  June is heavily involved in her town.

And one more thing on the money front.  We're told agents have been "swarming" around the family, trying to sign them but June has turned them away.  She says she doesn't want to make money the sole object of the show and she's worried if she signs with an agent that person will talk her into making various appearances that will take her away from her family.

Gotta say ... the family feels like the real deal.

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PetMommy62    

The Learning Channel? What are we supposed to be learning, how to be glorified trailer trash? Honey Boo Boo is so beyond stupid along with toddlers in tiaras and dance moms!

673 days ago
182.

Elaine    

This Honey Boo Boo is one of the worse shows you have put on - She has a pig for a pet and the swearing on this show in the pits. Now worh viewing at all.

616 days ago
183.

delores    

TLC used to mean the learning channel. what are we learning from these idiots? that farting on tv is funny? wise up TLC!

603 days ago
184.

pat    

tv has really gone to the dogs. whatever happened to talent?? who produces and makes such trash? I would cancel my cable before I would waste my time, and put it to more productive use, before I would watch this crap. people need to get a LIFE, and get off the tv and computers!! life is too short!!!

577 days ago
185.

jamm    

How can anyone promote a child acting guttural and consider it entertainment. I feel sorry for this little girl. What can come from encouraging such behavior? It's one thing for her parents to display themselves as a "joke" but another to subject your child to that kind of circus. The network has hit a real low.

394 days ago
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88keyes    

How can anyone promote a child acting guttural and consider it entertainment. I feel sorry for this little girl. What can come from encouraging such behavior? It's one thing for her parents to display themselves as a "joke" but another to subject your child to that kind of circus. The network has hit a real low.

394 days ago
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