Jason Mesnick: I Had No Choice

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He did what he had to do.

That was Jason Mesnick’s explanation for proposing to, then publicly dumping Melissa Rycroft in favor of runner-up Molly Malaney on The Bachelor season finale.

Jason says he would have preferred to have delivered the news to Rycroft off camera, but the contract he signed with The Bachelor’s producers and ABC spelled out that he had to make this painful declaration on national TV.

“That was part of the deal. I signed up for it in my contract. Your relationship is - good and bad - in front of everybody,” says Mesnick. “If I could have, I would have seen Melissa the night before. It killed me. It kills me now.”

After a romantic final date in New Zealand, the single dad, 32, proposed to Melissa Rycroft, 25, in the two-hour season finale of The Bachelor. She was happy.

But on the "After the Final Rose" special, filmed six weeks later but airing just minutes after the finale, he gave a seemingly unsuspecting Melissa the boot.

Moreover, he confessed he still had feelings for Molly Malaney.

Jason Mesnick in the Bachelor Finale

Jason Mesnick ponders his final decision on the finale of The Bachelor ... and how he's going to sleep at night after pulling off the elaborate ratings stunt concocted by ABC.

Supposedly having no idea about this, Molly was then informed by Jason that he just dumped Melissa, and accepted Jason's offer to give it another shot.

Mesnick knows what Bachelor viewers must think of him:

"‘That guy is a jerk.’ ... I’m not proud of what I had to do.”

Offering only a vague explanation of why - which lends credence to the Bachelor spoilers that suggest this was all contrived - Mesnick said only that after The Bachelor cameras stopped rolling, the chemistry with Melissa began to fade.

“After we got back into the real world, all of a sudden, we had less to talk about and I didn’t know why. I started thinking wow, what’s happening with us? Why aren’t we communicating the way we did when the show was going on?” said Mesnick.

“I didn’t say something right away because I wanted to figure out what was going in inside of me. There was part of me that wanted things to work out with Melissa so bad. But the other piece was I had these crazy feelings for Molly.”

Finally, Jason Mesnick says, he could not deny the truth: “Melissa and I just have different ways of communicating. We’re not right for each other.”

Yeah. For more half-hearted insight from America's Most Hated Bachelor, check out Jason's interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night ...

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And go Melissa and Jillian

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Jason u r such a douche I hope one day u fall off a building and Molly is an idiot for taking u back u r ugly!

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Molly is the essence of low self-esteem and trashiness. I cant wait for the day she gets cheated on and dumped...because she will deserve it!

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I felt that Jason was a really nice guy and am so disappointed...what a jerk! He never should have agreed to blindside Melissa on national tv. I doubt Jason and Molly will find happiness in the end. You never find happiness when you cause so much hurt. Eventually guilt will catch up and be the wedge in their relationship. They are spending all their energy defending their actions. If they are so convinced that they are in the right they should just slip away and live happy ever after. They do not have any integrity and what they did will never be okay with me. I will never waste my time watching the Bachelor or Bachelorette again. It's over for me. As for Melissa, you go girl...I wish you much happiness!!

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Jason is an a hole & Molly obviously not too bright

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I was baking a delicious blueberry upside down cake and got to thinking about life, men and prison. Jason Mesnick is what is wrong with our society and just like Jimmy one-eye told me in the joint. Martha, he said "ignorant, people must die!" So true one eye, so true! Jason Mesnick, I would like to see you pay for your actions, like I had to.

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Jason is a big dickhead, but gotta say all you idiots that speak for him, like he doesn't have a brain himself..are just as dumb as he is, I am an honest man, and I call 'em like I see 'em...Jason is more than an ABC puppet he is a coward, a bad dad, and UGLLLLYYYYYYYYY!!!!

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Wilmy...you are so lame, get over yourself! You are as ignorant as the sluts on Girls Gone Wild (DVD"S on sale now)
Jason Mesnick has man-tits!

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Jason, I have an opening that you might be able to fill..ever since Squeaky my pet gerbil left me under the excruciating hot lights of the papparazzi, I haven't been whole! Your slimey, one-eyed, face would feel great up my ass! Please advise

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Daddy, I want to go live with Melissa and stop ebing subjected to your weirdo male escorts