'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' is a Hit, But Will it Turn Out to be a Blessing or a Curse?
The breakout reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has given Americans a peek into the life of 7-year-old beauty pageant contestant Alana Thompson — a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo — and her Georgia hillbilly clan, who frolic in mud pits at the Summer Redneck Games, discuss farting as a weight-loss technique, and eat cheese puffs for breakfast.
But there’s one thing that millions of TV fans don’t yet know about the family and are dying to find out: How much are they benefitting from their new stardom?
The answer: $105,000 for the first season. “June [Honey Boo Boo’s “mama”] said they’re making $15,000 an episode, for seven episodes,” Thompson family accountant Cassandra Williams, who’s done their taxes for the last eight years, tells Star exclusively.
The show’s popularity means the family’s bound to make more for a second season, and Williams adds: “Any money is good money for them. They’ve come from the bottom and have four daughters and a grandbaby to support.”
But the Thompsons are now spending so freely — and have so many outstanding bills — that they may not have much left by the season’s end.
“Before the show, June would either buy in bulk at the local Piggly Wiggly grocery store or go to the weekly auction, where she could get dirt cheap deals on food,” a source says. “She went to Walmart for toiletries sparingly, because they couldn’t afford gas for the 40-mile round-trip drive. But now she goes a couple times a week and splurges on toys and clothes for the family.”
More ominously, the Thompsons’ former landlord, Michael Nelson, tells Star he plans to sue them for $1,500 in rent he claims they never paid him, years ago.
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