Honey Boo Boo fan Rosie O’Donnell is so smitten with the 7-year-old reality-TV star and her family that the comedian says she’d like to buy them a new house.
O’Donnell, 50, revealed her fascination with Honey Boo Boo (real name: Alana Thompson) in an interview with People magazine (posted here, on the People mag Web site).
Rosie told the mag she loves Honey Boo Boo and her family so much that she’d “love to meet them, and buy them a house.”
The show aired this past summer and drew nearly 3 million viewers an episode. The ratings were bigger than anyone expected for a summer reality series on TLC and Honey Boo Boo became a national phenomenon (and the topic of countless late-night monologue jokes).
Like millions of others, O’Donnell said she became a fan of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” over the summer. “I love Mama June. I love Sugar Bear. I love Chubbs,” Rosie said, referring to Honey Boo Boo’s family members. “I love ‘em all.”
On the show, the family seemed perfectly happy to be living in the house viewers saw on the program, even with the railroad tracks running through the backyard, the People story noted. Whether they would accept Rosie’s offer of a new house (or if Rosie was serious about it) is anybody’s guess.
In fact, Rosie is so impressed with Honey Boo Boo that she compared her to another revered child star — the one and only Shirley Temple.
“She has a presence and an intellect that goes way beyond her years,” O’Donnell said in the People interview, comparing Honey Boo Boo to Temple.
Temple, of course, was the child movie star who won America’s heart in the depths of the Great Depression with movies that are regarded as timeless classics, including: “Little Miss Marker,” “Bright Eyes,” “The Littlest Rebel” and dozens of others.
The reaction of Temple, now 84, to this comparison has not yet been reported.