Roberto Martinez Demanding Huge Salary to Be ‘The Bachelor’ – Report

by | June 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM | The Bachelor

Roberto Martinez (Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Reality star Roberto Martinez is reportedly angling to get paid the big bucks to star as the next “Bachelor.”

“He wants a deal near what Emily [Maynard] asked for, around $750,000,” an ABC source says, according to Us Weekly. “But the network will give him pretty much anything.”

Actually, “anything” may be a stretch, considering Maynard, who’s currently starring as “The Bachelorette,” didn’t get anywhere near the mega-salary that had initially been whispered, with ABC paying her more than most “Bachelorettes” but much less than the inflated $750k figure.

“They said no way, but she settled for something higher than $100,000, probably around $150,000,” a source points out in Us Weekly.

ABC reportedly has chosen Martinez as the next rose-giver “because he’s very likable.” The 29-year-old insurance agent from San Diego won Season 6 of “The Bachelorette” but his engagement to Ali Fedotowsky ended after 18 months.

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In early June, when reports surfaced that Martinez had been asked to star in the next edition of the franchise, he quickly issued a statement saying he had “no interest as of right now.”

But apparently he is very interested … for the right price.

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