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Despite reports to the contrary, Roberto Martinez may still be in the running to be the next star of The Bachelor, according to the best source there is.

Roberto was being courted by the network several months ago, though no agreement was reached, and he was reportedly dating Kara Ramos at the time.

Many thought he was out, especially given the emergence of Sean Lowe and Arie Luyendyk, Jr. But Reality Steve says Roberto is very much in the mix.

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Steve claims Roberto Martinez, who won The Bachelorette in 2010 but broke up with Ali Fedotowsky earlier this year, is now single and ready to mingle.

The network is as interested now as it was this spring.

Arie Luyendyk Jr., for his part, is interested in being the star, but perennial Bachelor spoiler Steve says he doesn't “chance in hell” of landing the gig:

”Yes, they [ABC execs] have met and interviewed both Sean and Arie, but I still haven’t heard anything solid enough that says it won’t be Roberto.”

“This is Roberto’s gig to lose, which is why they were after him hard three months ago. If he got greedy, then I bet they give it to Sean.”

Olympic champion Ryan Lochte is also rumored to be interested, though that seems like a long shot at best. The next season is set to begin filming September 15, so look for ABC to announce its star soon, probably during Bachelor Pad.

Who do you think should be The Bachelor?

 

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Ali Fedotowsky, you can calm down now.

With rumors circulating over Roberto Martinez being cast as the next Bachelor, and with a $500,000 paycheck reportedly sitting on the table if he were to accept, sources tell Star Magazine the reality star has turned down ABC's generous offer.

And he did it for love.

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Martinez is dating a 26-year old model named Kara Ramos and insiders tell the tabloid the two "really like each other."

Ramos has even confirmed the dalliance to Star and added that she told Roberto he had to make a choice: The Bachelor or their relationship.

Martinez then "decided that even a half million dollars wasn't enough incentive to go back in the spotlight to find love on TV, especially with the promise of his new romance with a wonderful girl like Kara," a friend tells the publication, adding:

"Roberto already knows what it takes to have a love relationship played out on national television, and he'd rather have his privacy now with a girl he's really crazy about."

Awww, that's very sweet. So everyone wins in the end. Except Ali.

The Bachelorette season finale airs on Sunday, meanwhile. Who do you think Emily will choose: Ari or Jef?

by Free Britney at . Comments

Ali Fedotowsky, who chose Roberto Martinez on The Bachelorette two summers ago, is said to be less than thrilled about rumors that say he's in talks to be The Bachelor.

Roberto and Ali split after 18 months together, and sure enough, he's being talked about as the star of Season 17 of The Bachelor, slated for early January.

"Roberto 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," a source explains.

Ali F., Roberto M.

Who knows why she would care about a breakup that wasn't even that bad (supposedly), now that she's faded from the spotlight (mostly), but whatever.

Luckily for Ali, he may turn down the opportunity.

"He's very happy being out of the spotlight," a source close to the hunky former minor league ballplayer and current San Diego insurance agent explains.

"He hasn't ruled it out 100 percent, but don't bet on it."

If Roberto Martinez were to become The Bachelor, he would be the first minority star in 25 seasons (including eight Bachelorettes) of the ABC franchise.

None of the 16 Bachelors are married to their final rose recipient, although Jason Mesnick married Molly Malaney, his runner-up from that season.

For scoop on the current season, follow this link for The Bachelorette spoilers and hints on how Emily Maynard's final three shake out ... allegedly.

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Is Roberto Martinez next in line to star as The Bachelor?

Martinez, the former fiance of Ali Fedotowsky, who was The Bachelorette star before Emily Maynard and Ashley Hebert, is rumored to be returning to the franchise.

Roberto would be the first non-white Bachelor or Bachelorette ever, which would be an interesting angle, and he's obviously familiar with the show.

Will it actually happen, though?

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Even though Life & Style is reporting that that Martinez already signed a contract to appear in Season 17, insiders say nothing has been signed as of yet.

The 29-year-old insurance agent is "definitely still in the mix" to be the next Bachelor, but it's way too early for any decision to be made for the role.

ABC is also doing a casting search for unknowns, as well as waiting to see if any of the guys from this season of The Bachelorette stand out to them.

Roberto Martinez and Ali got engaged in the 2010 season of The Bachelorette, but broke things off in November 2011 after 18 months of dating.

For the scoop on the current season and its potential crop of guys, check out The Bachelorette spoilers page we've been updating throughout.

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