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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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46.

Mr.Velvet    

Don't think for a second that all people in the US watch this kind of ****. These people are mouth breathing hillbillies. Good news is that they can close the methlab.

719 days ago
47.

jen    

can't wait for their holiday specials.....best reality show on tv...

719 days ago
48.

peachpie    

TLC aint slick. Word got out they were paying 6 people 4000.00 a week to split. . It looks like reality shows need a union.

719 days ago
49.

Michelle    

I can not believe that people really watch this show.. This family is nasty and it's hard to believe people find humor in this. This kid is going to grow up to be like her mother and be very disappointed in how others see her. I won't pay them a dime, but to disappear..

719 days ago
50.

Allison    

I think they are a very sweet family. More families should be as caring as them. Yes they are red necks but how many families do you know that spend that much time together ? They are worth 20 grand and so much more. Everyone can learn from their Love for each other

719 days ago
51.

~♥~    

Never saw an episode of this and don't plan on it. Just hearing about it grosses me out. I thought NJ Shore was bad. Thank you TLC. Instead of putting on a show to make Americans look good in the world's eye, you put this trash on. Once a strong and proud nation now being seen as the joke of the world because of reality trash like this. This show is the worse of them all.

719 days ago
52.

wendy    

I like this family and I do think June is smart. not slick but smart as in she knows how to take care of her family, she goes on tv making fun of their redneck ways....good for her.

719 days ago
53.

anony    

Look at that family picture.
It's the epitome of WHY we watch reality tv:

to laugh and point.

719 days ago
54.

WTF    

Hillbilly ass white trash!! why anyone watches these dumb ass inbreeds is beside me

719 days ago
55.

bigred    

Really?! How stupid is the American Public to watch this trash??? TLC stands for TRASHY LOSER CHANNEL. All their programming is horrible. Smart Americans will boycott this channel.

719 days ago
56.

ABB    

How Ironic is this? TLC used to be called "The Learning Channel" but now the things you learn is how trailer trash lives.

719 days ago
57.

johnnydanger    

Speds on parade.

719 days ago
58.

savannah-li    

what's not to love about this family! granted they're not very sophisticated as main stream society would like but who cares! family comes first, they do alot for their community, and june has said it's not ALL about the cash. bravo to this family for being real...

719 days ago
59.

TMP    

So much for working hard and earning your living. No wonder no one wants to do anything anymore. How annoying must it be to bust your ass everyday to make the little money that you make when these people get paid to be nothing more than fat, lazy idiots.

719 days ago
60.

Cat    

The Kardashians should take note. Mama K would take monies for showing bowel movements if it would up the bank account.

719 days ago
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