She may only be seven years old, but she drives a hard bargain.
Entering into negaotiations for a second season, the "stars" of TLC's hit reality series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo are said to be seeking a pay increase to $10,000 per episode. Spun off from the network's controversial Toddlers & Tiaras, Honey Boo Boo has quickly become a household name as the show follows child pageant contestant Alana Thompson and her overweight, unkempt family while they go about their daily lives in rural McIntyre, Georgia.
For the self-proclaimed redneck clan, that includes activities such as bobbing for pigs' feet, copious flatulence, and extreme couponing. The cast includes little Alana and her three sisters—12-year-old Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon, 15-year-old Jessica "Chubbs" Shannon, and 17-year-old Anna "Chickadee" Shannon, who recently gave birth to a daughter—as well as her mama June Shannon and likely father Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson.
Like stopping at a car wreck to gawk at the damage, viewers have flocked to the show in droves, with more than 2.1 million tuning into its September 13 episode. While the Shannon-Thompson family received $4,000 an episode plus a possible built-in location fee for the first season, the startling success of the series has led them to ask for $10,000 per, although the salary will probably end up being closer to $8,000.
Honey Boo Boo will finish its initial six-episode run on TLC with a one-hour season finale on September 26. Will you be watching? If so... why? No judgment, I'm just genuinely curious.