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PHOTO: Hobart real estate agent Conor Canning was a contestant in season three of the Bachelor in Paradise. (Supplied: Network Ten)

A reality TV star who has admitted stealing a database from his former employer and then repeatedly lying about it has told a court he did not tell the producers of the show because it was a “niche issue”.

Bachelor in Paradise star Conor Canning was de-registered by the Property Agent’s Tribunal after he stole a client database worth about $800,000 a year and then lied under oath about it.

Mr Canning’s appeal against the tribunal’s decision is being heard in the Hobart Magistrate’s Court.

Mr Canning describes himself in his real estate biography as one of Hobart’s best-known agents, writing that he left the Australian Army in 2013 “with a desire to change the face of the Hobart real estate industry through hard work, honesty, integrity, and fun”.

It’s a description he conceded in court may no longer apply.

The 30-year-old is one of the owners of real estate agency PRD, with his 35 per cent share of the business estimated to be worth more than $1 million.

He told the court that last year he made about $400,000, including dividends.