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 ...


OMG! Jason, Jason Jason, It took me 8 years, to run an entire country and fellow countries into the deepest , darkedt depression since the 30's , wasn't easy my friend, BUT you have accomplished about the same, in 4hrs of network TV, Come visit me at the ranch!


Daddy, why can't we keep a mommy? Is it because you have a tatto of tom cruise and ryan seacrest on your butt?


jason your father and I are brother and sister and that is why you have goofy eyes and f*ck people over


Hey guys,
Don't hate Jason,
It's too bad that they had to show the two segments back-to back.Love someone,dump the person right after that.I guess we were emotiuonally involved and that was hard to watch. I agree that I should not have proposed to Mellissa if he wasn't too sure. Why not just continue to date ? Please understand that the segments happened 6 weeks apart. He realized that after they dated off camera that Melissa changed and was different. I believe him. I think he iss sincere. Because of his contract he HAD to do the dumping on camera, which was unfortunate. Don't hate the show for that ! Just relax. Some people are SO mad ! Just let it go. It's reality TV you know.


I love Jason said he had no choice. he had two choices. 1) not to propose in the first place and 2) not to break up with Melissa on national TV. The guy is an idiot and I think this site about sums it up TheBachelorSucks.com


P.S. For those who are 'agreeing with Jason'...what are you really agreeing with? that what he did was "horrible" as he said? or that you wish you can be a cad yourself? Sure he has a choice, he can follow his heart or his little man, er mind, but it was THE WAY it was done that was upsetting. Anyway, they deserve each other...I can just imagine Molly lording it over him..." You made a mistake, you should have listened to me." It would be enough to make him cry.


What does he mean he has no choice but break-up with her on TV? There was a prior season of the Bachelor who was an ER doc (Trevor?) who did NOT have an "After the Final Rose Ceremony" and they also broke up but not in front of millions of viewers. As the short-lived fiancee she deserves that privacy. BTW, what is so "amazing" about him? Sensitivity is fine but he cries a river all the time, just like that character in Bedazzled, LOL!


I think Jason is a big cry baby. Not at all what I thought he was. And I guess it was in his contract to make out with Molly. What a creep!!!!!!!!! I am so done with this stupid show. Best of luck next show because you will need it. Your ratings are gone!


The more I see of Jason, the more he appears to be a real louse! Spoiled little brat that obviously thinks he is better than he is; and he really isn't that hot either. Molly has no self esteem, or she wouldn't have wanted to be second best. She was no prize either though. Actually, Jason reminds me of one of those little funky looking monkeys with the fur ears, little creep. Hmm do we ever know why Mrs. Jason #1 split?


"...I totally understand why people are still mad, but she wasn't the complete unsuspecting little lamb that you might think she is."
This is a quote from Chris Harrison, the Bachelor's host!
They weren't together for the "after the rose " show and it was in part, Melissa's parents who brought doom to the relationship; that coupled with an about face in the true personality of Melissa. Jason was a prince in how he handled it. He is taking the flack for Melissa's poor after filming behavior. Believe it!!!

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Shayne Lamas

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