Honey Boo Boo’s Mom Talks About New Show
(CNN) — If you saw Alana Thompson, better known to the world as Honey Boo Boo, on TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras” in January, you had to know it was only a matter of time before a kid that energetic and expressive landed a show of her very own.
TLC is set to debut her new show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” Wednesday on the network, following the 6-year-old pageant contestant and her family as they go about their everyday lives in rural Georgia.
The Thompson clan includes dad Sugar Bear, a chalk-miner; sisters Lauryn (“Pumpkin”), Jessica (“Chubbs”), and Anna (“Chickadee”); and mom June, whom viewers of “Toddlers & Tiaras” will remember.
June told CNN in an interview that the idea for the show was born after Alana’s appearance on TLC’s reality series about young pageant contestants.
“America kind of wanted to know what our life was like outside of the pageant world, and this show will portray [that],” June said.
“We do a lot of mud bogging, four-wheel riding, going to community events,” she said of the family’s lifestyle. Viewers will still see the preparation for pageants, but it’s mainly focused on the Thompson family “and the crazy things we do to pass the time by,” June said. “I think America will get the gist of who we actually are.”
Not all viewers have fallen for June and her daughter, but the stay-at-home mom said that she has no regrets about signing on for the show.
“People are going to talk, good and bad, and it is what it is,” she said. “My family, we enjoy what we’ve done and I would do it again.”
At the very least, it does sound like those tuned in will be entertained.
“My family is crazy and – like, crazy. We’re not boring,” June said. “People have opinions, but if people actually sit down and talk with me and my family or talk with Alana, you’ll see that Alana thoroughly enjoys doing what she does, and that we’re not ignorant people like everybody says.”
As far as how much longer June sees her family being in the spotlight, that decision’s up to Alana.
“We may do it for the next six months, we may end it next month,” June said. “When [Alana] doesn’t want to do TV or pageants, then we quit everything and go back to our normal lives. We live a very normal life outside of the cameras and outside of the pageant world.”
See for yourself when “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” airs at 10 p.m. ET tonight on TLC.
By Breeanna Hare – CNN
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