"Honey Boo Boo" airs on TLC. (Photo : Youtube Snapshot of TLC Promo video clip)
The stars of TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" have been given a hefty raise after the show's first season.
The Daily Mail reports that Thompson family, centered around energetic 6-year-old Alana and her couponing-crazed mother June, are receiving between $15,000 to $20,000 an episode, a major jump from the reported $2,000 an episode.
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Network Executive's at The Learning Channel are said to have approached the self-described redneck family about a raise, even though the Thompsons never asked for one.
The article added that TLC also offered to cover a number of additional expenses for the family, including a driver and bodyguard.
The site also reports that the network wanted to help the clan relocate to a larger and more secure home, but June declined the offer as she likes to decorate the property over the holidays for the local community
The show has proven to be a major star for network, bringing in an average 2.4 million viewers per episode in its debut season, even beating out the Democratic and Republican conventions in ratings.
TLC gave Alana her own show after she famously appeared on "Toddlers and Tiaras."
The Daily Mail also reported that in response to the show's success, TLC has ordered three "HOLLAday" specials for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Despite the show's success, critics have not been kind to the Georgia family.
"Some people watch because they are entertained by the spectacle of it, apparently without realizing how awful and soul-crushing it is. Others -- let's say this is you -- watch it because you get the wink-wink that TLC is giving the country and other people like you. It's the green light to laugh at rednecks and fat people, which is how Honey Boo Boo's mother, June, aka Mama, readily describes the family," said Tim Goodman of the Hollywood Reporter.
"Every post, every newspaper article decrying the show as the latest bit of evidence that the fall of the American empire really was at hand, seems to simply send the show's ratings soaring ever higher," said Forbes's Helaine Olen.