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What's New With "Honey Boo Boo"?

We'll be seeing more of Honey Boo Boo's family soon.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo aired its season finale last night on TLC – which should leave you feeling either disappointed or relieved, depending on which side of the Love It/Loathe It fence you’re on.

For the last few weeks, our national attention has been drawn to the antics of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and her unique family. Jimmy Kimmel even made a joke about the show in the first few minutes of the Emmys broadcast. Meanwhile, Honey Boo Boo and her mother “Mama June” Shannon have become the hottest reality personalities in town.

So if you think we won’t be hearing about the family for a while now that the show is on hiatus, think again! Here’s what we’ve found out about Alana and her clan in just the last couple of days…

They’ll be home for the holidays. And on our home TVs, too. According to Us Weekly, TLC has ordered more episodes of the hit series, which will feature Honey Boo Boo, Mama June, Sugar Bear, Pumpkin, Chubbs and Chickadee celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Sugar Bear is back home. After an ATV accident, Alana’s dad, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson developed an infection in his leg that landed him in the hospital for nearly two weeks. It was thought that he might need surgery – and possibly even require amputation. But the infection has cleared up with strong doses of antibiotics, and cameras caught him returning home yesterday.

Little Kaitlyn won’t be getting corrective surgery yet. On last night’s episode, June’s oldest daughter, Anna “Chickadee” Shannon, gives birth to a baby girl. Viewers also learned that the baby has an unusual birth condition – two thumbs on her right hand. But contrary to what you may think, the condition isn’t necessarily easy to correct. June recently explained that the extra appendage will be staying for a while. “The doctor doesn’t want to do anything right now because they don’t know the full function of the other thumb or if they’re connected,” she says. Removing the thumb might cause Kaitlyn to lose function in the rest of her hand. “They don’t want to make any rash decisions.”

The family is enjoying its fifteen minutes of fame. June bristles at the suggestion that she’s harming Alana and her sisters in any way by doing the show. “I don’t exploit Alana,” she told RadarOnline. “I would never exploit my kids. Critics are critics, and everyone has their opinions, but I am not doing anything wrong. It’s always been about fun, and it’s an experience in life they can look back at. We watch the show and wish they put in more stuff!”

They may be getting more money for the show. Holla’! According to an insider source, the family is negotiating a higher salary for a new season, and will probably end up receiving around $8,000 per episode. Still, that’s nowhere near the $30 million the Kardashian family reportedly is receiving for their next three seasons.

They’re not as unusual as you might think. Okay, not everyone tries owning a miniature pig or goes on the kiddie beauty-pageant circuit. But in one aspect, June and her daughters are very much like many of their fellow Georgia families: Nearly 40 percent of families in the state are at risk of health problems related to childhood obesity. A major Georgia pediatric hospital issued a statement: “[B]ased on the children and families we see at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the truth is that Honey Boo Boo and her family’s health habits may be more of the norm in Georgia than everyone would like to believe.”

Will you be redneckognizing this fun bunch next season?

[Photo: via TLC]

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