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We answer your ''Joe Millionaire'' burning questions. Here are the secrets behind Evan's oil slick, Zora's bitch fest, and why the butler did it

Evan Marriott, Joe Millionaire, ... | HOGAN'S HERO The butler, Paul, has been Marriott's right-hand-man despite host McLeod's existence
HOGAN'S HERO The butler, Paul, has been Marriott's right-hand-man despite host McLeod's existence

Certain truths may be held self-evident on Fox's reality hit ''Joe Millionaire'': The quickly-eliminated Heidi will never be hired as a French tutor, MoJo is a silly name for a grown woman, and Evan Marriott will never be a brain surgeon. But that doesn't mean we don't have a mess of burning questions about the show. Read on to find out the truth behind Sarah's smoke out, Evan's oily 'do, and why the butler and the mystery hostess have traded spaces.

Did Evan get paid for appearing on the show?
''Evan wasn't paid, but come on!'' says a Fox spokesperson. ''He had three weeks paid vacation in Europe and 20 girls to date. What more could he want?''

Well, did the butler get paid?
As for Paul Hogan, who has worked as a manservant since 1998, Fox will only say that he earned the standard butler rate. According to Werner Leutert, vice chairman of the International Guild of Professional Butlers (the organization Fox used to find Hogan), ''A butler like Hogan would be marketable in the $75,000 to $100,000 range prior to his newfound fame.'' And that's in addition to room, board, and any additional perks a generous employer might bestow.

Three women who appeared on the show, including big-boned Zora and redhead Alison, conducted an interview with the New York Post whining about Evan's big lie. Was that a violation of their confidentiality agreement?
No way. ''We actually set that up for them,'' says the Fox spokesperson, who notes that all of the contestants are well-versed in what they can and can't say to the press. In other words, non-specific bitching is allowed. Revealing Marriott's ultimate love interest? A big no-no.

Is Evan Marriott any relation, even distantly, to the Marriott hotel people?
''No, no, a thousand times no,'' says a Fox spokesperson. Even though rumors of Marriott possessing real-life riches abound, most of the so-called ''clues'' indicating a secret stash have been disproved: His fancy Los Angeles area house is a rental paid for by Fox, his father had to take on additional work to pay for his stint at the exclusive Hargrave Military Academy, and he claims his current ride (a Mercedes) is a loaner from a friend.

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