Ryan Lochte wants $750K for ‘The Bachelor’: not so dumb now, is he?

I’ve been calling Ryan Lochte an idiot for a little while now, ever since I came to that crashing realization just days into the London Olympics. He’s got a cute face, he’s one of the best swimmers in the world, and he’s an idiot. Well, as we continue to talk about Ryan’s post-Olympics career path, it’s becoming clear that his idea of “fame” is decidedly C-list. He’s perfectly fine with making guest appearances on 90210, with discussing his dreams of appearing on Dancing With the Stars, and with publicly shilling to become the next ‘Bachelor’. I’ve been saying that Ryan might be setting his sights too low, but that Hollywood should just give him whatever he wants, because it’s not much – he doesn’t want to be respectable and A-list. He’s fine with being “the next Mario Lopez” (although to give Mario Lopez some credit, I think Mario is a great deal smarter than Lochte). I might have to review my opinion of Lochte, though – because Radar claims that not only is Lochte publicly hustling for a gig on ‘The Bachelor’, he’s also asking for an ENORMOUS paycheck for the trouble:

Olympic stud Ryan Lochte wants at least $750,000 to become the next Bachelor, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting. Ryan’s been very open about wanting to be the next star of The Bachelor, and his team has told producers that the number to just get everyone around the table would be $750,000, and that number could likely climb to $1 million very quickly if ABC is truly interested in him.

“Ryan’s agents are getting besieged with offers and deals, everything from The Bachelor, his own reality show, and some overseas movies,” a source close to the situation tells us.

The reps will present all the current offers to him in the next week or so, and decisions will need to be made quickly.

“Ryan is acutely aware that he has to attach himself to the right projects and endorsements that won’t do damage to his all American image. As much as he’d like to do it, Ryan does have some reservations about The Bachelor because he wouldn’t have any control on how he is portrayed on the show,” the source adds.

As RadarOnline.com previously reported, the Olympic hunk soaked up the benefits of his new-found fame and partied up a storm in Las Vegas last weekend.

In addition to The Bachelor, the 11-time medalist has his eye on Dancing with the Stars, and he’s appearing in an upcoming episode of 90210.

[From Radar]

Oh, now Lochte is worried about his image? I thought his strategy was “hit them hard and fast and grab all of the money he can get before his 15 minutes are up.” As for the idea of a $750,000 to $1 million paycheck – for The Bachelor! – my guess is that ABC would probably be fine with that, considering that if they got Lochte signed on, it would be ratings gold. But the ratings would be dependent on how Lochte was edited, which is why I think Lochte’s people are worried. Because you’d have to edit the hell out of anything to make Lochte look like anything more than a vapid d-bag. JEAH!

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  1. Jennifer12 says:

    No, he’s still dumb. Just overpriced and with an inflated sense of self importance.

    • brin says:

      Ha….just said the same!

    • Eve says:

      Agree with both — Jennifer12 and Brin (below).

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Still extremely dumb, almost as dumb as the chicks that will likely fight for his dumb-ass attention on The Bachelor.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        Yes! Supremely dumb with a smart agent.

    • gigi says:

      Him wanting to be on The Bachelor to bang some chicks, that’s Ryan talking. Him wanting $750K for it, that’s his agent negotiating (hence the placement of the story in Radar, of all places). He was actually more likable when he was in charge of his career (and his Twitter account). We laughed at how dumb he came off, but he was generally harmless. But now this… this focused, calculated shoving down our throats of everything Lochte is just too famewhorey and Kardashiany to be anything but disgusting.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        Too bad all those Kardashians are taken! He’s made for that family. Perhaps Kris can take him as a lov-ah and help him make the best of those 15 minutes!

  2. brin says:

    Still dumb….and greedy.

    • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

      Agreed. Any woman of quality will not want him..hence a bunch of dumb blonde, shallow broads fighting over his ridiculous a$$..I say blonde only bc the brunettes will be the first to go – this guy’s ideal girl is Blake Lively!

  3. neelyo says:

    He should stick to still photos. He has the intelligence and personality of a rock. It’s his agents who are the smart ones. They’re right to be worried about editing because he can barely string two sentences together. Joel McHale on The Soup made a mockery of his lack of brain and charms.

  4. T.C. says:

    Just because you are a money hungry fame ho doesn’t mean you are smart. Please see every reality star on MTV for reference.

  5. Boxy Lady says:

    Hmmm. I remember when he was first being asked about it, he wasn’t too enthused about the Bachelor but he definitely wanted to do DWTS. Then he started saying maybe for TB. Then he said he needed to discuss it with his family. Now he is asking for an inflated price. It makes me wonder if his reps want him to go for it but he and/or his family doesn’t want him to and he’s trying to price himself out. Honestly, I think it’s in his best interests not to do it.

  6. AprilLadyBird83 says:

    Nope. Still as dumb as he looks. Better take what you can get fugly, your 15 minutes is almost up.

  7. Esmom says:

    IS that a lot of money for The Bachelor? What’s the typical paycheck of the average Bachelor/Bachelorette? I guess I assumed they got paid a decent amount, somewhere in the six figures, but maybe not. The exposure is probably enough for most people.

    As someone pointed out yesterday, his abs are sorta strange looking.

    • CG says:

      Jesus Christ, I can’t believe I know this, but what the Bachelor/ette gets paid really varies. I believe Ashley (who was super-annoying IMO) got somewhere in the mid tens of thousands to do her season, like say $30,000 or $60,000? But Emily apparently got somewhere between $100,000 and $150,000. And I believe Roberto, who producers supposedly want to be the next Bachelor, asked for $350,000 but will likely end up getting what Emily got if he signs on. So yeah, it depends.

  8. Puffy shmuffy says:

    A harmless enough labrador cum mop brush I guess. Really surprised he’s going down this route.
    Is Rio 2016 a possibilty at this rate? His agent best tell him how people revel in the backlash way more than the praise.

  9. Hautie says:

    I would actually watch him as the next Bachelor.

    I have never had any interest in that show. But you just know it would be a train wreck from start to finish.

    And I bet money, Lochte would shag at least 6 of the women in the house. Before he even cut half of them loose!

    With the gold diggers that end up on that show… just think of the epic shenanigans the women would pull for a man with an actual semi-celebrity status!

    So I fully expect the producers to cough up that cash… for a season with our boy Lochte.

    Just think how much money those producers would give up for Michael Phelps!

    • Beck says:

      This^. I don’t watch The Bachelor but I would definitely tune in to watch this dummy.

      I also agree that his agent is the smart one.

  10. Jenna says:

    He’s still dumb but I think even I would tune in for a few episodes if he were the next Bachelor. I can’t stop looking at his weird concave stomach though. o_O

  11. garvels says:

    You really can’t blame the guy for cashing in …everyone does it. Look at the KarTRASHians, they aren’t world champion swimmers with hot bods and they make millions..so why can’t Ryan. I personally would love watching hotties like Lochte on TV with the mute feature turned on….don’t want to distort the fantasy. Ryan should give the silent film genre a try.

  12. LB says:

    I think the largest paycheck for a lead was 250k and that may have been for the most recent Bachelorette Emily.

  13. littlemissnaughty says:

    Well, I don’t think this is an excessive amount, considering that it would most likely guarantee good ratings (I would definitely watch him fumbling his way through a conversation). And at least he’s accomplished something, Olympic gold medals are no small feat. There are people making millions for just being dumb. At least he’s not JUST dumb. He’s worked hard, let him make some money. Plus, he’s easy on the eyes.

  14. Diana says:

    I really wish you all would stop trying to make me hate him. I won’t, I tell you, I WON’T!

  15. PleaseICU says:

    Why am I getting the sinking feeling that Lochte’s planned move to LA in November is going to be a major distraction for him and end up screwing with a serious bid for Rio?

    If he’s getting this wrapped up in the celebrity/fame while still living in Florida full-time, imagine the famewhoring opportunities that he’ll get distracted with while living 24/7 in the heart of celebrity famewhore-central.

    Not exactly the ideal location/situation for a guy who supposedly wants to change up his training/swimming program and go for shorter races b/c of his age and who’s going to be on the wrong side of 30 in 2016 to be a truly competitive sprinter. Taking months off at a chunk to do various reality shows and press to promote those opportunities seems like an iffy chance to take if he’s really serious about Rio and doing new and shorter races.

    Kinda bummed that he’s the US swimmer that’s getting the mega post-Olympic push and all of the marketing/endorsement opportunities. Nathan Adrian and Cullen Jones are just as hot and sexy as Lochte is IMO but w/ more charming, humble, interesting personalities. Both can string more than 2 sentences together without embarrassing themselves and both appear to cringe at the dumb jock label(something Lochte seems to almost revel in and encourage at times).

    • Beck says:

      I agree with your entire comment. I think Ryan will caught up in the Hollywood game and shenanigans. Nathan Adrian! Hmmmm.

    • Kiyoshigirl says:

      He’s looking to cash in quickly and score as much strange as he can in the process. I honestly cannot remember another Olympic athlete who has so quickly gone from “admiral” to “pimp”. Maybe those aren’t the right words, but you get my drift. It seems his drive and ambition to succeed didn’t have as much to do with achieving Olympic gold as it did with paving a way for him to get the C list Hollywood career he couldn’t achieve any other way. Clearly this guy has no plans to train for another Olympics. He may have goals to commentate, but that’s about it.

  16. keats says:

    I GUARANTEE he yells ‘jeah’ and throws his hands in the air whenever he kisses someone. He’s like an even dinner Steve Holt.

  17. Hécate says:

    Dumbie has great management, I don’t picture him as bright as to ask that kind of money. I was thinking that Ryan Dumbie and New York from Flavor of love will make a lovely couple, It would be the last sign of the apocalypse!!!!

  18. Chordy says:

    In fairness, Lochte would be a step up from Brad Womack or Jake “I’m a Pilot” Pavelka.

  19. Chicagogurl17 says:

    Ok so are we betting on ryan being in a sex tape, becomming a baby daddy or dating c list famewhore? Which comes first?

  20. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    What is his obsession with guest starring on 90210? Does of want a piece of Lutsy’s ex Anna Lynne McChord?

  21. Haha says:

    Willing to sleep with a bunch of sad, desperate women for cash and attention?

    Yay prostitution, I guess.

  22. LisaAnn says:

    He can WANT anything under the sun. Be better if he wanted the ability to “memorize lines and still do movement” That rose ceremony is gonna be a killer for him–having to count out a dozen or so.

  23. barb says:

    I heard that the lead of the Bachelor always got 100,000, and then each of the contestants gets 750 for each episode that they are on…so the longer you’re on, the more you make. I also heard they gave Emily 250,000 and lots of perks, cause they wanted her so badly. This is all according to Reality Steve. And, as for editing, they always make the lead look good….I’ve never seen a Bach epi where they made the lead look bad. It wouldn’t be in their best interest…they want him to be ‘the prize.’

  24. Leen says:

    You know from what I’ve heard Ryan Lochte is a lot more humble than other Olympic athletes. I’ve mentioned before my aunt was part of the olympics team and talked to quite a lot of them. She said compare Lochte to Bolt, he’s a much nicer guy by a thousand, although a bit dumb.

    • Minty says:

      You have a good point. Usain Bolt declared, “I’m now a legend, I’m also the greatest athlete to live.” Ugh. So modest, that one.

      Lochte may be more humble, but he’s still an imbecile. If he goes ahead with this reality show stuff, he’ll be crapping on his prestige as an Olympic champion. As Sachi mentioned, endorsement deals with big companies are far more lucrative and long-lasting than a stupid stint on The Bachelor or DWTS. Dumb jock represented by a dumb agent.

  25. Abby says:

    I’d totally watch this guy on the Bachelor. Did y’all see his funny or die video?


  26. Suzanne says:

    Don’t get the praise of his agent here. She is horrible and why people are turning on him. The reason he is aiming for c-list is because she is pushing it. The Bachelor would be the end if him. Sure those reality idiots get temp fame, but it’s the wrong kind. Ryan could make money and stay prestige by doing endorsements and modeling. I’m beginning to think the main reason he wants to do Rio is to prolong the Hollywood fame train, not his career. Shame because I really liked him, dumb and all.

  27. Sachi says:

    Well…good luck to him.

    If there are million-dollar endorsements knocking at his door and begging to have his face on their products, why would he do this show?

    I don’t think he’s being offered deals left and right, so his agent has to ask for an inflated price just to star on reality TV.

    One season of The Bachelor is nothing compared to 3-4 years of deals, sponsors, and endorsements a la Phelps, Roger Federer, Nadal, Beckham, and other athletes, that are worth several millions of dollars.

    Tiger Woods during his glory years used to pocket more than $90 million a year, most of them coming from endorsement deals.

    Lochte’s $750K asking price for a TV show are peanuts when he could have been marketing a smarter, more serious image of himself that would appeal to a wider audience and getting paid more, if money is his aim.

    If the endorsement deals are not happening, I doubt they would happen if he does appear on The Bachelor. His image will not be marketable at that point. You can’t put his face on a cereal box marketed for kids after he’s appeared as some sort of playboy on TV.

    Still, he seems like a desperate wannabe celebrity, so maybe this is the best way for him to achieve his dream of being famous in Hollywood and be a “designer”.

    • Carolyn says:

      Couldn’t have said it better. His PR image has gone steadily downhill since his mum made the “one night stand” comment. No cereal box endorsements for Ryan!

      What a dumb agent he has. Should be looking towards Becks for a PR 101 lesson. Fool.

    • Suzanne says:

      I didn’t care about the manho comments, because at least it was honest. Now he says the same canned answers in every interview. I think he was starting to get some good endorsements before the Olympics. With his profile raised following the games, he could probably get more. But now with all the reality tv talk, I’m not so sure. What reputable company is going to want to be affiliated with that? I wonder what other types of clients his agent reps. He should hire Beckham’s people, stat. Agreed that if he does The Bachelor he’s unsalvagable.

    • lgaebel90 says:

      Ryans Manager is managing him like she manages her singers. She needs to realize that you can’t manage an athlete the way you would manage a singer! Sure you can throw singers all over reality tv shows and stuff along those lines and not need to really worry, but you do that with an athlete who needs endorsements, and you are completely throwing away their chances of getting anyone good to endorse them. I think its high time Ryan started looking for new management!

  28. Holden says:

    Oh no, he’s really dumb.

  29. mmhmm says:

    I would watch. I would watch so hard.

  30. iseepinkelefants says:

    What is that line going across the middle of his stomach?

    I’ve never watched the Bachelor but I soooo would if he does it. Can you imagine? I laugh my ass off on his 30 second YouTube clips, imagine 45 minutes of his stupidity? And usually stupid people piss me off, but there’s something just so LOL funny about the stupid sh-t this guy says.

  31. lgaebel90 says:

    I love how people are saying his manager is smart for asking for all that money. If she was smart she would be leading him away from doing a show that brings such negative publicity, not pushing him towards it. She was doing good for awhile there, but now it seems like she is just sending Ryan into a downward spiral. He needs a manager who’s gonna say no when it needs to be said. There is good publicity, and there is bad publicity, she needs to do a u-turn and go back towards the good before her client completely crashes and burns.