Bachelor Creator Defends Jason Mesnick, Molly Malaney

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For a week, the celeb gossip universe has been obsessed with The Bachelor's "After The Final Rose" special, which some perceived as pure public humiliation.

While the show's season finale and the reunion special were shown back-to-back, six weeks of real time had elapsed between the finale, when Jason Mesnick chose Melissa Rycroft as his bride, and the special, during which he announced that he had changed his mind and professed feelings instead for runner-up Molly Malaney.

As Rycroft fought back tears, and as Mesnick turned to Malaney, many fans became enraged, decrying Mesnick as a "jackass," "playboy" and "bastard."

This particular chapter of reality TV struck some as a little too real.

Yet The Bachelor creator and executive producer Mike Fleiss says the March 2 spectacle reflected not the worst, but the very best of reality TV.

Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney

"I'm not really surprised by this, it's just a sign that the show is working," he told Time magazine. "That's really your job, to create television that the whole country will sit down at one time and watch together."

"Honestly, I really don't see the difference between [Jason Mesnick] dumping Molly in New Zealand and then dumping Melissa [weeks later] in Glendale."

Some say the difference is that Malaney knew there was a chance she could get kicked off the show during the competition, while Rycroft's departure occurred long after she had already been picked as the winner and gotten engaged.

But Fleiss insists Mesnick's actions came as no shock to Melissa.

In the weeks leading up to the special, Fleiss said he started to hear word from other producers on the show that Rycroft and Mesnick were not getting along.

Two weeks before the reunion, Fleiss heard Mesnick was still interested in Molly Malaney - whom Fleiss had approached about starring in The Bachelorette (third-place finisher Jillian Harris would eventually be tapped for that role).

All of of which set the stage for the most unpredictable "After the Final Rose" event in The Bachelor history - as host Chris Harrison accurately hyped it.

Opting to film the show without a live audience for secrecy reasons, and unsure of how Malaney would respond to Mesnick's affections, Fleiss said there was plenty of uncertainty when cameras rolled - just not when it came to Rycroft.

"She knew they were essentially finished before walking out on stage," Fleiss said of Rycroft, who debuted last night on Dancing with the Stars. "But doing it for real, making it official and handing back the ring caused real emotions."

In various interviews, as well as in e-mails between Jason and Melissa that were leaked to the press last week, The Bachelor star blamed the producers for some of the emotional fallout surrounding his choice of Molly Malaney.

Specifically, Mesnick claimed numerous times he was obligated to dump Rycroft in front of the cameras. But Fleiss says that's only half the story:

"We didn't want Jason to necessarily spill the beans prior to taping, to keep it as real as possible. But he's a good guy and didn't conceal anything - he let her know before that show that he didn't think this was going to work."

Fleiss seems to be basking in the buzz of the past week, but he also claims the emotional outcry that's accompanied this season's Bachelor denouement is a sign of the passion this new wave of reality TV contestants is bringing to the set.

Before, he says, it was nearly impossible to recruit plausible contestants, or even hosts, to reality TV projects. But the genre has grown increasingly mainstream, and producers have been able to find people who are not just exhibitionists.

And that, he says, is the true impact of Jason Mesnick.

"Believe me, I've seen Bachelor couples stay together who really didn't care about each other," he said. "Some of them feel an obligation to the show to try to be a couple, since we spent literally millions of dollars as their matchmakers."

But rather than playing to the expectations of producers, or viewers, says Fleiss, Mesnick dared to reveal his true emotions, and to acknowledge the uncomfortable truth that love is not always a programmable enterprise.

"More than any other Bachelor in history, he was committed to love and to truly following his heart even though he knew he was going to have to go through hell to do it," Fleiss said. "It's really a romantic notion, that he sacrificed chunks of his popularity to at least try to be with the woman he loved."

Jason and Molly in the Tub

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Oh....and Molly, when you said after you got dumped by Jason and you were in the limo about Melissa not being right for Jason because 'she had never been out of Texas."....what difference does that make? The fact that you have never left a State where you live make you a moron? I would love to tell you off in person, you stupid b****! Who do you think you are?

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Mike Fleiss is an a*****. First of all, Jason is NOT a good guy....he became what we all women hate! All his stupid crying and caring for Ty, all that front became crap at the end when he became Mr. Evilman! Actions speak louder than words and we all can see what a piece of crap this Jason guy turned out to be, and Molly too. Jason could not make up his mind and I am glad he got dumped on tv by DeAnna! Wish he would get dumped again soon!

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First he is an ass. He lied and blamed it on the producer and show execs instead of being a man and taking the blame for his inappropriate actions. Then if you step back, a clue of his undecisiveness was when he told Jillian that he didn't want to be married to his best friend. Then 7 weeks later, Molly is his best friend and he wants to spend the rest of his life with a best friend. I think unfortunately the Bachelor will go down the drain. People are getting tired of the show. I guess all the tears were the producers idea also. Maybe he is unlucky in love for a reason. How much of that in person can you stand. Even Stephanie didn't look upset that she wasn't picked. Deanna kept looking at the camera not at Jason shen she was telling him she made a mistake. Now that was the producers.

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Molly is a better fit for jason. They make nice couple! They look happy. Good for them! I wish them the best. I'm
Rooting for the 3 of you. People need to stop being so judgemental. Show is over.
Get over it. What's her face has, y can't we! She is annoying. Stop making her look like martyr. She knew it was
Over from the time the show ended.

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Molly is a better fit for jason. They make nice couple! They look happy. Good for them! I wish them the best. I'm
Rooting for the 3 of you. People need to stop being so judgemental. Show is over.
Get over it. What's her face has, y can't we! She is annoying. Stop making her look like martyr. She knew it was o
Er

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Molly is a better fit for jason. They make nice couple! They look happy. Good for them! I wish them the best. I'm
Rooting for the 3 of you. People need to stop being so judgemental. Show is over.
Get over it. What's her face has, y can't we! She is annoying. Stop making her look like martyr. She knew it

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Still back peddling??? Your a Jerk too! These are people with real feelings. I don't care how much you step on your Dick, this was the WRONG thing to do. You are an asshole and so is Jason. And Molly is the total dumb-blonde!

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i dont think what jason mesnick was really wrong at least he told ppl the truth ...feelings changei have been hurt like this once but i never held the a grudge against that person . i thought atleast he did not lie to mee. im not sure y ppl r makin such a big fuss of it .its life..juss coz he was a star in some reality show doesnt mean he is not a real person witb real feelings... he loves molly i knw melissa was hurt during the process but seriously its their life .
get over it..

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i dont think what jason mesnick was really wrong at least he told ppl the truth ...feelings changei have been hurt like this once but i never held the a grudge against that person . i thought atleast he did not lie to mee. im not sure y ppl r makin such a big fuss of it .its life..juss coz he was a star in some reality show doesnt mean he is not a real person witb real feelings... he loves molly i knw melissa was hurt during the process but seriously its their life .
get over it..

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