Donald Trump's right-hand man, George Ross (search), is demanding a paycheck to appear on the third season of "The Apprentice." (search)

The quiet but iron-willed adviser who serves as Trump's executive vice president says he has not been paid for his appearances on the first two seasons of the popular NBC reality show. But that's about to change, he tells today's edition of Broadcasting and Cable.

"There's some compensation that should come," he says. "I think that it's only appropriate with the show being so successful, and him using up so much of my time, that some compensation ought to be granted."

Ross says after years of being a successful lawyer, money is not an issue, "but it's the principle of the thing. I never ask for something for nothing, and I never expect to give something for nothing.

"In other words, if somebody wants something from me, I expect to be compensated. There has to be quid pro quo. I talked to him about it, and he said, 'You know, you're right.' " Ross declined to say what kind of payoff he's seeking for his work on the show.

"They'll do what's right," he says. "I'm not worried about it. We'll work it out."