Unglert, who met girlfriend and season 23 alum, Caelynn Miller-Keyes on season 6 of BiP, recounted his experience negotiating a salary for the hit ABC TV show while appearing on Tartick’s podcast episode on May 24.
“They hit me up and they’re like, “Hey, do you want to do Bachelor in Paradise? This other show that pays $400 bucks a day? You could be there for up to like 30 days, something like that,” Unglert shared on the podcast. “I was like, ‘Oh yeah, great. $400 bucks a day for 30 days, that’s $12,000. That’s fantastic.’ And then I start talking to some friends and they’re like, well, ‘You should get more money because...you're going to be like, the guy they want most from your season to go to Paradise, minus like, Peter.’”
Unglert went on to explain that he ended up asking for $800 a day, before the production company countered with $600. “I just had wanted them to pay, could have been $1 more, you know,” he said.
“When I said it too, I was like, so vindicated. I was like, ‘They’re not going to get me for a dollar less than what I need,’” he added. “And then eventually as time wore on, I was like, you know what, screw it. I think I went down for like $602.”
Tartick chimed in and shared that he also negotiated a $600 a day deal for Bachelor in Paradise, with a $5,000 guarantee in case he was “sent home the first week,” however, he ultimately decided not to appear on the show.
The two men also shared their financial experiences on The Bachelorette as well, as Unglert shared that he was not compensated on the show’s thirteenth season, and that he was over $25,000 in debt at the time he finished the show.
Both of the Bachelor Nation stars were also offered to be the Bachelor, although Tartick, along with Colton Underwood and Blake Hortsmann, who were also finalists on Becca Kufrin’s season, were offered contracts for $100,000 in 2019, while Unglert’s contract offered $75,000.
Tartick, who just recently proposed to Bachelorette star, Kaitlyn Bristowe, reflected on his experience talking with Unglert with Us Weekly, sharing that, “I think in general it’s a conversation Dean and I had, or conversations majority of people have over a beer or a dinner and for some reason, we’re not talking about them elsewhere.”
Tartick also described his motive for this podcast episode, explaining that “These are conversations that I think we need to have more of and conversations that people find interesting and also resonate with the fact that there is this unspoken rule that we’re not supposed to talk about this stuff. And the big question is why?”