Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson and her mother June Shannon, from T.L.C.'s reality TV show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" came to the Marriott Macon City Center Saturday for a press junket.
T.L.C. invited local media here and across the Southeast including Atlanta, Savannah and even Charleston to interview the pint-sized reality star.
13WMAZ's Austin Lewis sat down with Honey Boo Boo and June Shannon for 15 minutes about their life and how it has changed since the show.
"It hasn't changed that much. Mike still works seven days a week. We still live like everyday people. The only difference is the paparazzi is pretty much following us on the weekends, and we've got tons of fans who come to the house," said Shannon.
When 13WMAZ went to their McIntyre home Saturday, there was a group of photographers outside of their home. The Thompson said they try to say hello to fans that stop by their home, but they also had to hire security.
"We do have a security guy," said Shannon. "It's just for our extra security purposes for us to be able to feel more better."
But Shannon told 13WMAZ that the show does accurately capture what her family is really like. She also addressed some rumors like the ones that Honey Boo Boo would be leaving Wilkinson County schools.
"Alana, just like the other girls, is going to stay in public school. There's rumors that we're going to move to Macon in a million dollar mansion--not true," said Shannon. "That we're going to GMA (Georgia Military Academy)--not true. That we're going to Tattnall Square--not true. ...My kids are going to stay in public school. All the rumors you hear--unless you hear it come out of my mouth--they're all fake."
13WMAZ also asked her about some of the criticism that her show doesn't portray Wilkinson County in the best life. She says "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" is about her family.
"People who say that it doesn't portray the best of Wilkinson County--it is what it is, but those same people will go out and mudball," said Shannon. "Who doesn't mudball in Wilkinson County? There is a lot of people who do. Who doesn't fart inside their own house, who doesn't burp, who doesn't have fun with their kids, who doesn't spend time with their kids? Everybody does that."
After a few minutes with Shannon, Honey Boo Boo herself joined the interview. Honey Boo Boo isn't keen on interviews, but she did tell us that she watches the news every night, and even gave us a special shout out.
"WMAZ I love you and you better redneckonize," said Alana Thompson.