Confession time: I love Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. You know, the guilty-pleasure TLC reality series that's a spinoff of -- god help me -- Toddlers & Tiaras? The show that focuses on Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson and her goofy family? I mean, look, it's no Breaking Bad, but I've watched like four episodes and I enjoyed every single one.
Every time I tune in, though, I end up wondering what TLC is paying the family to be ruthlessly mocked on national television each week. From the unnecessary subtitles (come on, their twangy Southern dialects don't actually require translation, for crying out loud) to the repeated clips of mom June sneezing violently into the camera, the intent of the show is clear: these people exist to be made fun of.
So, how much is the network paying Boo Boo & Gang for this exciting opportunity? Not nearly enough, if you believe the rumors.
The show has been a runaway hit, with close to 3 million viewers the night of August 29. In other words, Honey Boo Boo easily beat the Republican National Convention last week in cable ratings. If you've watched even one episode, you know it's heavily sprinkled with commercial breaks (god bless the DVR), and since reality shows are notoriously cheap to produce, I assume TLC is making a ton of cash off the Thompson family.
Especially since they're reportedly only paying them $2,000-$4,000 per episode.
I know that sounds like a decent amount of money, but consider the millions MTV paid the Jersey Shore kids. Or whatever crazy salaries the Kardashians are pulling in.
It may be that Honey Boo Boo's paychecks are relatively modest because this is the first season, but I'm guessing the network figured it would be easy to get away with giving the family a crappy deal. Hopefully Boo Boo's parents have an agent at this point that can help them negotiate for more cash next time, because it doesn't seem fair that TLC should be reaping all the profits from the show, even if it's their snarky editing that's made it so popular.
It's kind of a mean show, but that's not why I like it. I like the Boo Boo family because they so clearly don't give a damn what people think, and they seem genuinely happy in their weird little world. Since millions are tuning in because of them, and other reality stars are getting obscenely rich -- well, I think they should be getting paid better than a few grand per episode.
If only so they can buy a house that isn't in the middle of the damn train tracks.
Do you watch Honey Boo Boo? Do you think they should be paid more?
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