We’ve always wondered how people are able to leave their regular lives to go on a show like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. Though ABC tries to keep payment details under wraps, there have been murmurs about how much each lead gets paid — and whether contestants are compensated at all for their three-month hiatus from real life. Luckily, Sean Lowe is spilling all the deets in his latest blog.


The former Bachelor and hubby of Catherine Giudici has been treating us all to some juicy behind the scenes scoop on the franchise courtesy of his weekly Q&A sessions on the website. Since Sean has been both a contestant on The Bachelorette (Season 8) and the lead on The Bachelor (Season 17), this guy knows what he’s talking about.

While viewers understandably get wrapped up in the glamorous aspects of these shows — the fashion, exotic trips, ensuing Dancing With the Stars gigs — there is the more nitty-gritty stuff to deal with too. Namely, who pays these people’s bills while they’re off filming for months at a time?

According to this Texas hunk, that answer depends on your role on the series. “When you’re a contestant, you don’t get paid a dime for the show. It’s a pretty big commitment to leave home for a few months while not receiving an income.” You’re not joking! That return to reality must be a major slap in the face — not only were you rejected on national TV, but you haven’t made a living in at least a quarter of a year. WOOF.

Things aren’t so bad for the Bachelor or Bachelorette, though. “As The Bachelor, they compensate you for your bills and loss of income,” Sean reveals. Hmm. We’d heard that people like Emily Maynard made upwards of $250K for her stint as Bachelorette — is that really only to cover bills and loss of income? We don’t think she was making that before... Either way, sounds like a nice setup.  

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Source: Sean Lowe’s Blog