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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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121.

who_me    

Wow. The new american dream: a clan of mouthbreathers makes more than people who actually work for a living. Talk about a "hand-out".

649 days ago
122.

Sayitall    

Maybe now they can stop paying for pageant fees with cash assistance off their food stamp card.

649 days ago
123.

Tom     

Poor white trash!!! Is this how you people want to be betrayed on tv. Lmao

649 days ago
124.

Gretel    

That's good to hear. Now maybe that hog of a mother can have weight loss surgery and get those donkey teeth fixed and the fat sucked out of her chins. The rest of the family can afford the bastard children, and all the other daddies can breathe a little easier. They would also all benefit from hiring a nutritionist/cook or that little Boo Boo will be looking just like mama in another six years, but at least her pregnancy at 13 will be paid for.

649 days ago
125.

T in Texas    

Way to go Mama !

649 days ago
126.

TruePghFan    

Ok, I am confused here. Most people here are bashing this family because, they have a few extra pounds and don't have alot of money. Since when are we all the "perfect" people to cast stones. Really??? This family is sticking together, no matter what., money or no money. I have seen June and Sugar Bear be nothing but loving to all her daughters and supporting them all emotionally and financially. This show does not film this family being mean to other people/families, cheating, or being selfish. Funny how no other "Toddlers and Tiara's" contestant has their own show. This family does not need an agent nor do they need to move into a bigger house They are happy being the family they are, and living their American Dream in their own town. Who are we to judge their family and lives?? Everyone is so concerned with others, and maybe we should look at our own lives. With many other shows that show nothing but sex, drugs, drinking, cheating and deception, this show is a look into a family unit that doesn't have millions of dollars to waste and they are happy being the family they are. Just let them be, and don't watch if you are bothered by it. Obviously people are watching and gave better ratings than the Repbulican Convention. What does that tell you?? In the end being rich doesn't equal happiness.. I give cudos to this family for showing us this and sticking to their beliefs. Keep up the good work Honey Boo Boo Family. Shame on you all for downing this family because you don't think they are worth it. A real shame indeed.

649 days ago
127.

JosephSheehan    

i wana bone the rolls on a sweaty mama junes belly

649 days ago
128.

daniegrrl    

Wow with people having money trouble everywhere it is a damn shame that this family is getting paid for this show. I couldn't even watch a full episode. What makes them more special than every other fat ass family who are disgusting and let their tot brat do what she wants? These parents should be arrested not paid.

649 days ago
129.

MikeP    

mutants

649 days ago
130.

Tina    

Well, that's refreshing. People that do stuff just because they love it, not for the money. Now I'm positive they're ignorant. But not in a bad way. They seem like an honestly sweet, loving family. Just very backwoods (HoneyBooBoo: "It's been a while since I had some roadkill in my belly"). So I guess their simple lives feel like they've hit paydirt.

649 days ago
131.

u iz a cutiepie    

I LOVE THE WHOLE FAMILY. REAL, UNPRETENTIOUS. THE MOM SEEMS TO BE A GREAT MOM TOO....AT LEAST SHE TRIES. I JUST CANT STOP WATCHING THEM.

SORRY FOR THE CAPS...

649 days ago
132.

u iz a cutiepie    

Live and let live. I'm happy for them.

649 days ago
133.

ExtraKetchup    

Enjoy it while it lasts "Honey Boo Boo Family". Take it from the Gosselin, Octomom-esque trainwrecks that were riding high for awhile but now are broke, struggling and even bigger losers than ever before.

649 days ago
134.

Savannah024    

Stupid people watch tv and let it tell them what want to know real people research and get the facts.From what I see of these people they scrapped the bottom of the barrel to find them. After watching it one time you can tell it's been milked for ratings because half of what they showing isn't even true.Leave it to TLC to put this on the air.

649 days ago
135.

observer    

There may be one positive about their show....it should have gotten them off welfare and money for all those illegitimate kids.

649 days ago
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