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Honey Boo Boo Family

TLC Gave Them


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

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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fix the dang sink in the kitchen.. I really think child protective services should be called.. they dig in garbage.. live in squalor, and even the plumbing in the kitchen doesn't work.. Those children should be taken from her !

729 days ago


tlc and this family are pathetic.

729 days ago

Phishie from Philly    

Well we're movin on up,
To the east side.
To a deluxe shack in the sky.
Movin on up,
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pigs.
Fish don't fry in the kitchen;
jambalaya don't burn on the grill.
Took a whole lotta tryin',
Just to get up that dirt hill.
Now we're up in the big leagues,
Gettin' our turn at being fat.
As long as we live, it's you and me baby & Boo Boo,
There ain't nothin wrong with that cause we people's .
Well we're movin on up,
To the east side.
To a deluxe shack in the sky.
Movin on up,
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pigs.

729 days ago


You can say what you want to about this family, but they are good people. They have family values and work ethics that the Kardashians will NEVER have.

729 days ago


I was one who set myself up to HATE this show and these people. I waited until the end to watch this and it was only out of boredom. I was hooked the first show! I see all this bashing but know that any one of you idiots would have taken this opportunity in a heartbeat! This family is fun.. This family is real... This family really loves one another and spends EVERY second making precious memories with one another with no regrets! They might not have all their teeth.. They may be overweight and under educated... But this is the most genuine chiz I have seen in tv in a long damn time! You're "hatin" and their "bankin" so keep talkin' trash and bein' jealous. At least these people aren't overpaid, over-botoxed, plastic, camera whores who are known for nothing but their big ass and has-been rapper boyfriend. They may be outcasts, but they have substance. This doesn't define America, but it IS apart of what America stands for. Family, friends, good times and people who genuinely love one another no matter what! If you're so worried about the opportunity they have been blessed with, take it up with God. If you're so worried about what other countries think of us based on a tv program, move to one of their countries. Why are people so intimidated by what's REAL in this world. Your heads are too far up Hollywoods a$$ to even remember what the real world looks like. I love this family!

729 days ago

all about the money    

God why? Isn't America's TV trashy enough alreadyt that we don't need more garbage like this to rot peoples brains?

729 days ago


These folks are borderline retards so why not have a TLC show called the "Tards?" There are midgets, conjoined folks on the tv, why not this. Throw in a freak who stutters and you have a hit. Because of their current states, you can get by paying them $9.99 an episode. These type folks most likely live near Honey Boo Boo. And you folks talk ish of black people when you have this trash out.

729 days ago


Good Lord. That photo looks like a bunch of inbreds.

729 days ago


Way to go, TLC. And I thought the Obama administration was the countries #1 money waster.

729 days ago


Giving the Kardashians a run for their money. My guess is Honey Boo Boo will overtake the Ks in ratings down the road. No wonder Jenner is upset.

729 days ago


Kevin Malone should be very happy with this raise. She is a great mother.

729 days ago


This is America at its finest! The portrait shows what real Americans look and live like!

729 days ago


People can say what they want... and admittedly, I've said a lot... but it doesn't change from the fact that this family has an audience somewhere. They are the mascot for poor people that love their family. Those people don't want to watch the Kardashians in therapy crying because their sock line didn't do well; they want to see someone they relate to. And I think it's both awesome and smart to not move and change the family dynamic. Money comes and goes, but you only have each other. After reading this, I have a bit more respect for June, because obviously she didn't think Alana was a meal ticket if she isn't even moving out of her house. Still, for the life of me, I can't figure out why you would get your daughter involved in the pageant circuit.

729 days ago


TLC is the armpit of America. ...O.K. now all you fat worthless tards that watch this trash,go ahead and rip me and dislike my post.

729 days ago


It's sad watching a tv show where people speak English but you need subtitles to understand them. What a waste.

729 days ago
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