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Originally posted 01/07/2013 12:00PM
Honey Boo Boo's Mama June says she won't squander the payoff from her family's hit television show on pricey Hollywood splurges.
She may seem like a redneck on TV, but Mama June tells TMZ.com that she's using her hillbilly common sense to put most of the show's earnings in a trust fund for her four daughters and granddaughter – and it won't be available to them until they turn 21. The only allowances are for medical emergencies and school.
"I want my kids to look back and say, 'Mama played it smart. Not like those other reality TV people,'" Mama June said.
Originally posted 12/17/2012 11:25AM
We asked – and she answered!
Talking to PEOPLE TV, pint-sized reality star Honey Boo Boo (a.k.a. Alana Thompson) offered a glimpse into her small but decisive world, sharing her celebrity crush on Justin Bieber – as well as many other favorite things.
What's her favorite item of clothing? "My jeans," she offers. If she could be anyone else in the world, she tells PEOPLE, it would be singers Pink or Nicki Minaj.
Originally posted 12/13/2012 06:00AM
Barbara Walters's annual 10 most fascinating list always features an eclectic mix of captivating people – and this year is no different.
The special, which aired Wednesday night, highlighted the achievements and antics that kept fans enthralled. Among Walters's picks were Ben Affleck, who won critical acclaim for his political thriller Argo; Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas; Prince Harry; and even pint-sized beauty pageant star Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson.
And her top pick as the Most Fascinating Person of 2012? Gen. David Petraeus, the decorated U.S. military hero and director disgraced by an affair that forced his resignation as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Originally posted 12/12/2012 09:00AM
Originally posted 11/06/2012 11:30AM
Honey Boo Boo loves her chicken nugget – and her chicken, Nugget.
That's right, 6-year-old pageant princess Alana Thompson has found a BFF in her new pet bird.
"Meet Alana's new pet NUGGET," reads a message on Thompson's official Facebook page, which is run by Honey Boo Boo's mother, June Shannon, and a friend named Bobbie.
The Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star's new chicken seems to have filled the void left by Glitzy the pig, the pet she was forced to give away recently because he was interrupting the her beauty sleep by waking her at dawn for food. Like the tiny pig, Honey Boo Boo and Nugget have been spending a lot of time together.
Originally posted 11/02/2012 04:35PM
Glitzy's moving on up!
After saying goodbye to Alana Thompson, a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo, and her family in McIntyre, Ga., the petite pig paid a visit to New York City this week, compliments of Anderson Cooper and his daytime show.
Originally posted 10/18/2012 12:00PM
Since Rosie O'Donnell told PEOPLE she wants to buy a new house for the stars of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, matriarch Mama June has said her family doesn't need a new house but sure could use some renovations on their McIntyre, Ga., abode.
"We're in! Are you kidding me? Of course," O'Donnell – who compared the show's 7-year-old star, Alana Thompson, to Shirley Temple – told PEOPLE Monday at her Annual Building Dreams for Kids Gala to benefit Rosie's Theater Kids.
And she insisted she'd head to Georgia herself to help do the work.
"They do that Extreme Makeover show – hello! I will call David Zaslav [President and CEO of Discovery Communications] when I get home. I will say [the family is] very into an addition, maybe we get Home Depot to chip in, and we make it the Christmas special: Rosie O'Donnell and Honey Boo Boo's Renovation."
Originally posted 10/17/2012 11:30AM
Her compliments to the chef!
Honey Boo Boo got a taste of fine dining in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, sampling the upscale "sketti" at Villa Blanca, the restaurant owned by one of the town's Real Housewives, Lisa Vanderpump.
And while the 7-year-old reality star's table manners might not have been impeccable, Honey clearly enjoyed the cuisine, happily dangling strands of pasta into her mouth as mom June Shannon tasted pizza.
Originally posted 10/16/2012 10:45AM
It may have been past her bedtime, but Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star Alana Thompson and Mama June Shannon brought the laughs to late night Monday on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Alana – who is 7 years old – handled the appearance with her plenty of attitude, and Kimmel kicked off the hilarious segment by asking the mother-daughter duo about their infamous nicknames, then the conversation quickly turned to another famous reality television family: the Kardashians.
"Do you watch the Kardashians ever?" Kimmel asks.
"No," June says.
"You don't watch them? Because their show is making millions of dollars and their show is just about as popular as yours is," Kimmel says. "Now are you guys making millions of dollars, too?"
Originally posted 10/11/2012 07:05PM
Watch out, Martha Stewart!
The stars of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo have some of their own culinary tricks to share with viewers.
"I think the family's favorite meal is sketti," Mama June reveals on an episode of the TLC hit. Sketti, it turns out, is spaghetti noodles topped with heaps of butter and liberal squirts of ketchup.
"It's an old family recipe," says June, who is shown mixing scoops of butter with ketchup into a plastic container and melting the mixture together in a microwave.
One big fan of the concoction: the show's 7-year-old star Alana Thompson, who says "Oh, it smells so good," and takes a taste of sauce.
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