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Roberto Martinez reportedly asking for big paycheck to star as 'The Bachelor'

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/29/2012 

Roberto Martinez reportedly wants big money to be the next Bachelor.

"He wants a deal near what Emily [Maynard] asked for, around $750,000," said a source close to Martinez, Us Weekly reported. "But the network will give him pretty much anything."

While Martinez is said to be asking for nearly the same amount Maynard hoped to earn when she was negotiating her price for becoming the star of The Bachelorette's currently-airing eighth season, Maynard reportedly didn't end up getting close to that number.

"They said no way, but she settled for something higher than $100,000, probably around $150,000," a source close to Maynard told Us.

Although another source told the magazine Martinez is "going to do it, no question," the former sixth-season The Bachelorette bachelor's ex-fiancee Ali Fedotowsky -- who was engaged to Martinez for 18 months before the couple split late last year -- is not in support of the idea at all.

"Ali is dying for him not to do it," added the source close to Fedotowsky. "She feels it's a slap in the face. Any chance for them reuniting is over."

"Roberto has never shared his side of the breakup, and Ali is terrified about what he would say on the show and how she would come off," an insider told Us.

Life & Style reported earlier this month Martinez had signed on to serve as the star of The Bachelor's upcoming seventeenth edition, which is currently scheduled to film this fall and premiere on ABC in January 2013. However, according to Us and People, the report was false and premature

"That's far from the truth! They are asking him to be the next Bachelor, but he has no interest as of right now," a source told Us shortly after Life & Style's report had surfaced.

"Obviously there's a lot about Roberto that is appealing," a People source explained. "Still, they also want to see [which bachelors] from Emily Maynard's season might pop with viewers and are weighing if there are any contenders there. It's just too soon to tell... but Roberto is definitely someone producers are considering."

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