A single father from Washington State broadcasts his relationship status to the country only to be swamped with letters from adoring female fans.
Sleepless in Seattle, it's not. But Jason Mesnick, a.k.a. the nice guy DeAnna Pappas shot down in favor of Jesse Csincsak on The Bachelorette season finale, may be an even bigger hit with ladies than the Tom Hanks flick.
The 32-year-old single father (his son Ty is 3) has set up a new email account for any fans wishing to contact him.
“I’ve gotten thousands of comments from fans,” Jason Mesnick said.
“The generosity and the kindness is unbelievable. Every one is so sweet and nice. All the comments are pure love.”
After DeAnna Pappas told him in the finale that her “heart is somewhere else,” Jason Mesnick fans overloaded his MySpace account with comments and bombarded ABC with email. Producers finally set up a separate e-mail account just for him.
Fans can contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This really was set up as a way to accommodate his fans who wanted to reach out to him, not as a way of finding a match for him,” an ABC rep says.
Jason Mesnick checks the address once a day and tries to respond to every fan — even if it is just with a simple thank you.
“Every email starts the same. ‘I’ve never done this before and I’m not a stalker,’” he says. “I’ve even gotten a Sleepless in Seattle letter.”
Even if he doesn’t find love online - or become the next star of The Bachelor - Mesnick is feeling pretty good from the responses.
“I don’t care who you are in the world, Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan, you have some sort of doubts about yourself,” he says.
“To know that people like me and accept me for who I am feels so good.”