As Alana Thompson went viral for her hilarious Toddlers & Tiaras appearance, it came as no surprise that here comes Alana Thompson was a huge, albeit controversial, hit at her 2012 premiere. According to The Hollywood Reporter, her colorful debut episode netted 2.2 million viewers, with NJ.com considering it a mixture of “offensive and outrageous” and “must-see TV.
The series was a big hit for TLC, but it was also a great deal for the Shannon-Thompson family. After reports that the family was only taking home $4000 an episode in its first season, TMZ reported that June spotted Shannon and “[made] it clear her family is raking in a good deal more. Although the money certainly didn’t hurt, Shannon emphasized that her daughter’s well-being was her first priority that year, telling Channel Guide Magazine, “I look at Alana as a 6-year-old child, bottom line. I don’t look at her as a celebrity… But we are having fun. And if Alana says it’s not fun anymore, we don’t do it anymore.” In 2020, the U.S. Sun estimated that the family earned $2.75 million before tax from its 55 episodes on TLC.
Mama June: From Not to Hot: Alana Thompson Was Making 50 Thousand Per Episode
A dollar might make her loud, but Alana Thompson certainly has more than a few dollars to her name. Alana Thompson herself is worth $500,000, according to Celebrity Net Worth, and Thompson reportedly took home $50,000 per episode during her TLC show’s run. After coming here Alana Thompson ended in 2014, Thompson told Oprah Winfrey at Where Are They Now that she felt “kind of happy about that, but at the same time, [she] was sad.
Her show biz hiatus didn’t last long, though, as she did her own song “Movin’ Up” the following year, before joining her mother’s WE TV reality show Mama June: From Not to Hot in 2017. Thompson later reinforced her profile with a stint on Dancing With the Stars Juniors in 2018, taking eighth place in the competition.
Although Mama June fell in difficult times in 2019, Thompson’s assets were protected because the family hired a lawyer to make sure Shannon couldn’t steal her savings, according to TMZ. In addition to appearing on Mama June, Thompson sells her own merchandise on Instagram and runs her own Cameo account, which allegedly runs her thousands of dollars within her first few days on the platform in 2020, by Blast.