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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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Jordan    

This family could have done so much better they could of had a multi million dollar contract per year with the family they are getting the same numbers as the kardashians an higher than the republican convention,

648 days ago
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croc    

wow. a lot of money for being fat,lazy and dumb as a bag of rocks. guess that pays off big.. why dont they film some people from the Ozarks..spread the wealth!

648 days ago
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Truth    

America the beautiful (sarcasm). This show is that popular that they are getting a huge raise?
No wonder people all over the world think we are pure garbage. Sad

648 days ago
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Ally2012    

I think its great the family comes first:) No matter what you think the family,you do feel the love.

648 days ago
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GLaDOS    

You know that raise is going to go straight to their enormous stomachs. Maybe they can use some of it to buy wider doorways for their home.

648 days ago
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Bob    

Hey tv people...... I'm fat, ugly and have absolutely no talent. When can I get my own show too?

648 days ago
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Spicy mag    

Get an agent and cash in while you can rednecks. Honey boo boo child is gonna be grown and no longer cute and the show will be cancelled before you can say broke as a joke.

648 days ago
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Bitch please    

The Kartrashians can learn a thing or two from them. Its not all about money Kartrashcans. Rednecks have more class than the Karcrapians. Ha!

648 days ago
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Googie    

We can make fun of them all we want (and I have done that), but you must admit they are not money hungry. They're happy the way they are and that's what matters. Big windfalls of money haven't made other people happy. In fact, it's been their destruction.
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I would not make their choices, but it's their choice to act, look & do as they want. And they're getting paid for being themselves so that we can continue to make fun & criticize them.

648 days ago
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Bitch please    

Say what you want. Their more entertaining than the monotone Kardickians. Like OMG like like likeeeeeeeeeee. Bible.

648 days ago
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Jackie    

OK...I guess i will never get to see the show. Hopefully it won't reach in most parts of Europe, but never know.

648 days ago
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lbs    

Honey BooBoo goes to College....we hope.

648 days ago
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boricua4669    

I think that was a smart move from TLC !! Lock them into a new contract and with the new salary, before they(the family) negotiate a new contract by their rules !
And i feel June is not a smart woman ... Why she don't want to have an agent ? she should get a good one, that makes them a lot of money ! The reality is not gonna be on forever ... she's not thinking clearly. That future money can help her children to have a better future.

648 days ago
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CN    

Mama June is not as stupid as she looks. Or acts. Or sounds. Good for them, I say. Hope they use this newfound money wisely.

648 days ago
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Becca    

Jenny Craig, family style!

648 days ago
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