By Ryan Buxton, EnStarz | Sep 05, 2012 04:16 PM EDT
June Shannon, the mother of infamous toddler beauty queen Honey Boo Boo, is disputing reports about how much money the family makes from their TLC reality show.
The Hollywood Reporter claimed TLC paid the family around $40,000 for the first season of the reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," which features the family of 7-year-old Alana Thompson, who gained fame on the network's hit "Toddlers and Tiaras."
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Reports said TLC paid the family of seven between $2,000 to $4,000 per episode for its 10-episode debut season. The network may also have paid a small "location fee" for rights to film in the family's home, according tothe publication.
But Honey Boo Boo's mother June balked at the suggestion that the family's income for the show was only $40,000.
TMZ contacted the stage mom to ask her about the report and the site claimed that she laughed out loud at the $40,000 number. She told TMZ that the family earned much more than that, but she wouldn't offer a specific salary.
"We're making memories to last a lifetime," June told them, and she said that's enough for her.
"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" has been a huge success for TLC. An Aug. 29 episode that followed the family to a water park scored more than 3 million viewers and brought in higher ratings than any network's coverage of the Republican National Convention.
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