'Honey Boo Boo Child' Effect: Huge Ratings, Family Cashing In, Share Scary Lemonade Recipe, Alana to Duet with RuPaul? (Video)
No one could accuse of Honey Boo Boo of dishonesty. The pint-sized beauty queen from TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," has been telling everyone, "A dolla make me holla," since day one.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the "Honey Boo Boo" family earns between $2,000 and $4,000 per episode, possibly hitting $40,000 for the 10-episode season, according to sources. THR adds that a small "location fee" might also be paid. That's a whole lotta hollerin'.
TMZ spoke with Honey Boo Boo's mother, June Shannon who reportedly "laughed out loud" at THR's report. Though she wouldn't be specific, TMZ claims it was clear the family makes far more than $2,000 to $4,000 per episode.
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No doubt, there is a possibility that this salary might get a bump if "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" is picked up for a second season.
"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" has had huge ratings thus far and even scored more viewers among adults 18-49 than the Republican National Convention. The Aug. 29 episode drew nearly 3 million viewers.
"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" is a spinoff series from TLC's "Toddler & Tiaras," on which seven-year-old beauty queen Alana first appeared and hollered for that dollar. The show follows Honey Boo Boo, real name Alana, and her crazy "redneck" family living in Georgia -- "Mama" June, chalk-mining dad "Sugar Bear" and sisters 12-year-old Lauryn "Pumpkin," 15-year-old Jessica "Chubbs" and 17-year-old Anna "Chickadee."
TLC has been rumored to pay big salaries to the casts of their biggest shows. Although networks typically do not disclose the deals made with individual families, details about TLC's reality stars' salaries have surfaced.
Jon and Kate Gosselin of TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8," which first aired in 2007, earned $22,500 per episode, Jon told Larry King during an interview with CNN in 2009.
The Duggars of "18 Kids and Counting" are believed to have raked in even more, and they're far more terrifying. Reality families usually make a salary 10 percent of a show's per-episode budget, reality producer Terence Michael told E! News. Michael estimates TLC budgeted about $250,000 to $400,000 per episode, which would mean the Duggars earned between $25,000 and $40,000 for four or five days' work.
The Honey Boo Boo family has captured the attention of America's viewers. However, the family has not gotten used to "Honey Boo Boo" fame. At least, just yet.
"It's kind of like, crazy seeing yourself on TV," June said during an interview with People magazine. "[But] we're just common everyday people."
Honey Boo Boo better get used to seeing herself on TV, though. Everyone, even RuPaul wants a piece of the action.
"I'm doing a duet record and I'm here to ask Honey Boo Boo Child to be my duet partner!" RuPaul told E! News at the MTV VMA's in New York City. "I love anybody who dances to the beat of a different drummer."
He said the seven-year-old understands drag. "She is the queen. She understands what drag is. That's what pageants are. That's why pageants are so lovely."
The Shannon family shares their recipe for some good ol' fashioned diabetic-coma-inducing lemonade in the video below.