On March 15, Alana Thompson, aka Honey Boo Boo, and Mama June sat down with Amy Robach from “Good Morning America” to talk about the success of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” TLC’s runaway hit reality series. The sassy, subtitled reality star was as saucy as ever and even ended her interview with her entire family doing its take on the Harlem Shake, the newest dance craze sweeping America.
“We’re real and we’re not scripted,” Mama June said on Friday. She went on to explain that what you see if what you get. “Here Comes Honey Boo” is a spin-off of “Toddlers & Tiaras.” It stars Alana Thompson, who gave herself the nickname Honey Boo Boo, and her self-proclaimed redneck family from rural McIntyre, Ga. The reality series has become a pop culture phenomenon since it debuted last summer. New season two episodes begin airing in May 2013. The infamous family includes Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, June “Mama” Shannon, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, Anna “Chickadee” Shannon, Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson and “Baby Kaitlyn” Shannon.
When “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” premiered in August 2012, it attracted 2.2 million viewers and quickly became one of TLC’s highest rated series. Fan reaction has been mixed. Some people think the series is exploitative and offensive, while others claim it’s the best thing since sliced bread. “TV Guide” panned the reality series by saying, “Jeers to ‘Honey Boo Boo’ for existing. Alana Thompson and her family have lowered the TV bar to new depths while introducing viewers to the terms ‘forklift foot’ and ‘neck crust.’”
However, Mama June and Alana are laughing all the way to the bank. “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is still red hot and hugely popular. On “GMA,” June explained that Alana doesn’t understand how big of a star she’s become. She also added that the money earned from the show is being stashed in the bank “to use when she’s older.” On a different note, June offered up some parenting advice. “Whatever you do with your kids, make them number one.” Alana loved this advice and stated, “If you don’t do it, then you’re a mean mama!”
At the end of their interview, Honey Boo Boo started dancing solo, but was then joined by her entire family in the Harlem Shake. To watch the Alana and Mama June’s interview and to see them dance, head to ABC.com.
The second season of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” premieres in May on TLC.
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