September 6th, 2012 by faye
June Shannon, the mother of Honey Boo Boo, remains unfazed by the people who make fun of her and her family, saying “For every person that’s hating on us, there’s three people that love us.”
According to reports, June Shannon has scoffed at the modest estimate that her family only makes $2,000 from each episode of the reality series, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” Shannon added that her Georgia-based family are paid “a good deal more.”
The reality star declined to disclose the exact amount the TLC channel are giving them, vaguely adding “we’re making memories to last a lifetime.”
News outlet “The Hollywood Reporter” recently claimed that the Thompsons would get around $40,000 for the ten-episode season of their reality series, as well as a “small ‘location fee’ for any filming carried out in the family home.”
However, other reality TV stars like NeNe Leakes of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi of “Jersey Shore” are known to score six-figure salaries for their on-screen exploits.
Cable network channel TLC offered beauty queen Alana Thompson — commonly known as Honey Boo Boo — and her self-proclaimed redneck family their very own spin-off series this year following a controversial clip of the six-year-old on “Toddlers & Tiaras” went viral recently.
Ever since it reinvented itself and airing shows such as “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and “Toddlers & Tiaras,” TLC has managed to amp up its profits. The Washington Post noted that financial analysts SNL Kagan pegs its ad revenue at about $323 million, up from $297.4 million at the end of the year 2011.
Since its premiere on August 8, the reality show has attracted millions of viewers and its August 29 installment attracted nearly three million viewers, eclipsing every network’s coverage of the Republican National Convention.
Earlier this year, a report revealed that the stars of “Toddlers & Tiaras” were not paid for their screen appearances. According to an insider, “They don’t even pay for the families’ entry fees into the pageants. But the moms do it because it’s good exposure for their little girls and that’s exactly what they want. They can cast their entire season without paying a talent fee. It is brilliant.”
A spokesperson for TLC said the cable network channel does not give comments on salaries.
The channel, which is owned by Disney Communications, airs in 99 million homes throughout the United States, and 227 million abroad.