The family of Honey Boo Boo a.k.a. Alana Thompson is moving on up!

Fans of the show were upset at reports that despite Here Comes Honey Boo Boo drawing in 2.3 million viewers each week on TLC, the family was making fairly little money off their exploits. Those days seem to be long gone though. Sources close to the show say the family made $5,000-7,000 per episode during the initial eight episode run, but according to TMZ, their salary is now being tripled to $15,000-20,000 per episode! However, it's still less than Jon and Kate Gosselin made for their former show ($22,500 an episode) or the Duggar family makes for their show 18 Kids and Counting ($25,000-40,000 an episode).

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But before you think it's all about money for the family, think again. Mother June Shannon has reportedly refused to hire an agent because she doesn't want to be talked into going on promotional appearances that will keep her from home. She also refused TLC's offer to help move them into a bigger house, claiming she likes where she is and has a heavy involvement in the community.

We have to wonder how much longer they can stay in McIntyre, Georgia though. In the same way that Kathy Griffin eventually became too famous for the D-list, they may simply become too wealthy to live in a town where the average family is below the poverty line. We're willing to bet TLC is already planning some sort of spinoff show about this small town family making a move to the big city...because that's never been done on reality TV before. 

What do you think of the family getting a major salary increase?

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