A new “female” source has delivered the goods to AstroChicks in a very big way. I got my hot little hands on the ABC contract that Bachelorette/Bachelor contestants have to sign. Yes, girls need to stick together.

The big question most fans continue to ask is do contestants get paid to appear on the show? Is there a clause that states they can be sued if they do a non approved interview? Are contestants prewarned they can be portrayed in a negative light? Are they aware they are filmed 24/7 AND are they paid hush money not to reveal show secrets? The answer is yes, yes, yes, yes…

Basically, was Wes warned in advance what could happen if he appeared on the show? Of course he was. Did he get a bad edit? Of course he did. On the flip side, you can only get a bad edit if you “talk smack” 24/7. These guys KNOW they are being filmed 24/7, why throw yourself under the bus and give the Producers the keys. Also, the fact that he has been in entertainment for the last 11 years, his buddy Jeremy is a lawyer, I hardly doubt he was naive when he went on the show. Or is this a set up? Is Wes in on the little secret and being paid to play the bad guy? Who knows? I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Wes went on the show for publicity, not love. He got his media buzz that spiraled out of control. Will Wes be okay in the end? I think so. His music career will rely on his talent, not being on a reality show.

I have posted part one of the contract here. I have highlighted below what the contestants are paid to appear on the show, and what they are paid to keep quiet. The original document is 22 pages, so I have only posted the interesting parts of the document.

Here are the highlights:

  • Paid $10k  for the “exclusive” to keep quiet.
  • Option to appear on other shows, they are guaranteed a fee
  • If they make it to the final four, they are paid extra.
  • They are explicitly told they are filmed 24/7, they could be embarrassed, edited in a negative light, etc.

Highlights Part Two:

  • If they appear on Extra TV as a host, they can be paid $150k per year.
  • ABC hold the “exclusive for two years if they final contestants get married. This means they can’t sell photo deals to People, US Magazine, etc. Also, they will be paid a compensation fee if they get married on TV.
  • They have a non disclosure agreement and can be sued for up to $5 million dollars if they disclose ABC secrets, go on unapproved interviews, etc. etc.
  • If lawsuit goes to arbitration, ABC is guaranteed $250k

To read parts of the contract here. Interesting stuff. Just an additional bit of trivia info. A popular reality star can earn $100k to $250k per year just making appearances on shows, Extra TV, and events. Not too shabby and well worth the embarrassment. You decide what’s the truth and what isn’t.

UPDATE: I have received emails saying that some people cannot view the link. Please try this link here, it is available as an archive. It is also available here. WordPress can be tempermental at times. Also, I have received a few emails from different contestants saying they did not receive this contract for Deanna’s season, which means it may be from Jillian’s, or it could also mean depending on the contestant, they could receive a slightly different contract. This is depending on how bad the Producers wanted to cast them on the show. In Hollywood, EVERYTHING is negotiable.

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Jacy Nova

Jacy Nova is the resident Astrologer and Managing Editor for Astrochicks.com. Born under the zodiac sign of Virgo, she has a Libra Rising and Libra Moon.