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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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76.

King34    

Really though,,, who the heck are these people ???

669 days ago
77.

jxtr    

It is pathetic that these trashy people have a show.....and it is even more pathetic that people are watching them.

669 days ago
78.

bigcasino    

i want to see the mom NEKKID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

669 days ago
79.

sokolniki    

When you think that all these fresh-face girls (one already has a baby of her own) become the exact replica of their mama - this is what gives me creeps

669 days ago
80.

bon    

Yay overweight people! Show the world your way is the right way. Give them more money, TLC. Such a great message they give society.

669 days ago
81.

shannon    

I love these people , Honey Boo Boo is adorable. When she decorated the house for her little niece's homecoming, she was so real and so excited, and not a bit jealous of the new baby. This family does a lot right. Even though their daughter had an out of wedlock baby, they just accepted it and folded their arms around her and did all they could to love their daughter and the baby. Those are family values, not pretending kids don't get pregnant if they are good kids. I applaud them.

669 days ago
82.

roll3567    

wow that's a lot of money...they will need to dig a bigger hole in the backyard.

669 days ago
83.

Xquizit    

I watched the first episode and to be quite frank, it didn't turn my crank. I find them quite disgusting to say the least. But kudos to them. I mean %90 of North Americans claim they absolutely LOATH this weird family but watch the show every week! But hey.... Bad mouthing them the way we are all doing is giving them the publicity they need to keep the show going with ratings hitting the roof! I say if we all kept our mouths shut and stopped commenting (like I'm about to do) and stopped watching ( why watch? only because you cannot wait to see what this trashy family will do next) the show would go downhill... People, put your money where your mouth is and stop watching the show otherwise stop bashing these people which is giving them the publicity (even if its negative) to keep the show on air.

669 days ago
84.

larry fine    

$15,000 will buy a log of sugar. The family will be happy.

669 days ago
85.

karlew    

In other news stocks in stretchy pants and Ho Ho's go through the roof

669 days ago
86.

nORRis8    

This is the REAL America.
Enjoy.
You aaaaaaall can head to the WalMart store...ya hear.

669 days ago
87.

lynn    

All hail honey boo boo...love them!

669 days ago
88.

dick    

Take that money go to Sears and get a treadmill!

669 days ago
89.

Meg H    

Say what you want about them- aside form being thoroughly entertaining to watch- they're AUTHENTIC, they OWN who & what they are, and there's genuine family love there. I LOVE THIS FRIGGIN SHOW.

669 days ago
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paul a.    

I hate to say it, but I was impressed with this woman. She seems to know what she wants out of this and so far has kept her feet firmly on the ground. Let's see if this continues......

669 days ago
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