If you're going to be a contestant on The Bachelor, you better be in it for love. Although there are plenty of ways to cash in your 15 minutes of fame — cough, cough selling Fit Tea — a vast majority are reportedly unpaid. Not to mention, these hopeless romantics leave their jobs and spend thousands of dollars on wardrobe. What, did you really think the producers were footing the bill?
Meanwhile, the stars of the franchise typically make around $100,000, according to famous Bachelor spoiler and blogger Reality Steve (aka Stephen Carbone). The highest-paid Bachelorette star was Emily Maynard, who was rumored to be paid $250,000, while the lowest-paid star was reportedly Bachelorette Ashley Herbert, who Us Weekly claimed only made $30,000 — though Reality Steve disagreed and said she made at least $100,000.
In other words, new Bachelorette Becca Kufrin is about to make bank. Not only are six figures in her future, but she also dodged a bullet with the world's worst Bachelor, Arie Luyendyk Jr.. ICYMI, Arie proposed to Becca on the season finale of the reality dating competition but had a change of heart after filming and called off his engagement to pursue a relationship with Lauren Burnham. Oh, and now he and Lauren are engaged.
Despite it all, Becca doesn't blame Lauren for their split. "At the end of the day, we both just fell in love with the same guy and she can't help that. The only person that I can fault in this is Arie and the way he handled it." She added, "I do feel a little bad that it's going to be really tough for them when all of this is said and done. Social media is a hard world to navigate through, and there's going to be a lot of negativity and I don't think she deserves that. If they want to make it work, then they will, and I hope they're strong enough to get through it all."
No wonder she's been so calm, cool, and collected throughout all of this. Go get that money, girl!
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