Honey Boo Boo's Huge Raise Won't Change the One Thing It Should

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honey boo booLike it or not, Honey Boo Boo is big news. Everyone wants to know what the little beauty queen is up to -- and with good reason. The things that come out of her mouth are pure entertainment gold. Literally. Parade magazine has revealed that Alana Thompson will receive a huge salary bump when the new season begins later this year and it's more than anyone expected.

Honey Boo Boo will reportedly pull in a whopping $50,000 per episode. No word yet on how many shows TLC will produce, but if 10 air, that comes to $500,000. That's a half million dollars. Can you believe it? That's almost as much as Blake Shelton earns for The Voice. In fact, there are a ton of sitcom stars that don't pull that kind of cash in. It may seem a little unfair to all those starving actors and musicians -- but you can't deny that Honey Boo Boo is one of the most memorable TV personalities out there.

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She deserves every penny. Everyone knows how fleeting fame can be -- and I think her mom June Shannon is aware of that too. She has said that she is putting just about everything they make away for Alana's future. Smart move. I am sure she will need it. Though, now that their salary has essentially tripled, I don't think the family should be afraid to spend a little.

Mama has said that a bigger bank account hasn't changed their lifestyle. In fact, she scoffs at the kind of lifestyle Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie live. So don't expert her to have a chateau anywhere or a private jet. But when I say the family could make some serious upgrades, I am not talking about buying Porches and mansions. I mean, why keep eating Sketti when they can afford to eat so much better, so much healthier. And maybe even fix up their little house. That salary, after all, is for everyone. Yes, Honey Boo Boo is the bigger star, but they all make the show a crazy, can't miss hit.

Do you think the family should splurge more?



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nonmember avatar Roth Gilmore

No one wants to watch a tv show about rednecks with money. It would be off putting to the fan base. Honey Boo Boo is harmless fun because the family is viewed as "less than," and that's how the public wants it to be. I don't buy that Mama June refuses to spend the money, I think TLC learned from the giant ego of Kate Gosselin post money and fame and put it in their contract that they must maintain their original lifestyle. No one wants really thinks is family is deserving of the money (harsh, but true), so TLC is wise to keep it hidden from viewers.

Jamie Cason- VanLuven

Doesn't  EVERYONE  who appears on the show get paid????

2cent... 2centsCDN

I read this morning that 8.5 million viewers tuned in to see the season premier of Duck Dynasty proving that people will watch a show about redneck millionaires. ;)



I would be using that money to give myself a better life....pay off my house and then renovate everything in it. LOL. I admire June for wanting to stick to their roots but their lifestyle could use a few upgrades without compromising who they are.

craft... craftycatVT

This is a little off-topic, but I have to wonder how June would look if she put as much time into her health and appearance as she puts into Honey Boo Boo's pagents. I noticed she has her hair curled in the above picture and it looks nice.

Melis... MelissaListens

I think that her mom does things right. No matter what the family makes from the show in terms of money, she is still living life as if they are on a tight budget. As they should! SAVE the money for their kids' futures. 

nonmember avatar Roth Gilmore

2cents, yes, Duck Dynasty is popular, but they were rednecks with money from the beginning of the series. What I argued before is that people like to watch Honey Boo Boo out of fascination of their poor redneck-ness. Viewers may find their family dynamics endearing, but if you were to anonymously survey the viewers, I'd bet that the overwhelming majority look down on them in the end. They don't want to see this family do better than they do themselves.

2cent... 2centsCDN

You may have a point, I didn't look at it from the point of view that people would watch just to make fun of them. I've actually never seen a full episode, the small bits I have seen here and there are enough for me. I find the Robertsons hilarious!

Linda Badalaty

I think June has the right idea! I often thought, It would not be the same if they become wealthy and move into a big house, ect... I just love them!!

Amyra Love

If people did not want to see them have more money than they do...they wouldn't watch!!! Watching is what gives ratings...ratings is what gets signed for more episodes...more episodes is what makes them more money...does not take a rocket scientist to figure it out. But just because this family is not YOUR cup of tea, does not mean that some of us, actually MANY of us, genuinely love these folks!! Its great to watch people who dont let their fame go right to their heads. In the end, its our choice and us BooBoo lovers...LOVE THEM!!! 

Nelli... NellieAthome

Why should they change their lifestyle just because the author of this article thinks they should? If more of American actually lived within their means and saved for the future we would not be in the trouble  we are as nation.


June respects her husband and sees to it that he is the breadwinner in the family, not their child. She puts the money straight into a trust found for all the kids so when they are older they can have the chance to go to college (without crippling student loans) or start a business of their own. They should be admired for the way they are handling their money and not letting it change their life style.


BTW - hasn't this same writer damned parents who live off the labor of their kids???

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