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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To Jason and Molly, get real! Molly, how does it feel to be second choice? Jason, you rude, selfish man....how dare you! You did exactly what you had happen to you with Deanna. Do you remember how painful that was? You parents and siblings drilled the girls about how you were so hurt, and what did he do? You have made many, many people angry....I will be watching Jillian because she is Canadian...you go girl!

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Really didn't expect that of Jason.I mean come on, i know when he signed his contratc with Abc for this show they would have explained to him that at the end of the show they will can't see each other until the season is finish on T.v and he still had the Guts and the heart to do that.He never tried thats the whole thing.He needs to know Before you decide you have to try first and before you quit you try oncne more again. He fails to realize that he has a child comin up and i want to know how would he feel if a some one do that to Ty. Melissa is a very genuine young lady and she complimented Jason very well... I hope that he learns the hard way

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Confusion and regret are feelings that everyone has... and the emotions must run really high in an unorthodox environment of dating a dozen gals in a short period of time... BUT to break-up with someone, to end one's engagement on television is truly a low life bastard move... AND to blame the show, makes him a pathetic SOB. He should have let her known beforehand... it doesn't matter that things were not going well... taking that several notches to breaking up is a different story.

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I hope Melissa got paid a pretty penny for appearing on the ATFR part 1. This whole show is staged to get high ratings. Jason probably had no choice in what he did, so, we all should quit watching the show in order to make a statement. It's all contrived and not reality.

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GOOD GRIEF!
MELLISSA THIS WAS A BLESSING.
JASON IS UGLY AND FOR SURE AN IDIOT!
GET A DECENT GOOD LOOKING MAN AND HAVE A GREAT LIFE.
I FEEL SO SORRY FOR MOLLY-SHE WILL BE DUMPED AS WELL.
I ALSO FEEL SORRY FOR TY HAVING A MORON LIKE JASON AS A DAD!
WHAT A SUCKY SHOW!

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oh, I need a T shit that says: I AGREE WITH JASON!

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I hope Jason can rise above all this hate. My gawd, a show! a contract! and yes, you women.. some of you need a man to dump your butts, based on how you have written here. NONE of know what the real facts are. GOOD LUCK Jason..and Molly. Melissa struck me as a bad egg... so that is ONE MAN's opinion...and based on how it's played out, Jason is a wise man to act NOW!

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This guy is awful. I had to get this shirt because I hate what he did so much! http://www.zazzle.com/jason_me...

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I didn't watch the whole show but did get into it towards the middle. I think that Stephanie would of been the best choice. A strong beautiful structured women who was mature and understood what " Real world " love truely means she was a single Mom and him a single dad PERFECT Maybe tooo Perfect. I think that Jason was stuck on looks than common interest!!!!!Its funny I actually thought he was going to change his mind. The show is kinda predictable. When he sent Stephanie home I thought he was going to say then he made a mistake.

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He is a total jerk!!!!!! He just wanted to try both of them out! probably sex and all! Melissa deserves way better and not someone that is already used!!!!!!!!!!been married before! Melissa it is a blessing to you that he went for Molly. You will realize it someday when you find your Prince Charming, not that idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!lol

The Bachelor Quotes

There’s still a lot of growing to do in our relationship. We will not tie the knot until I am mentally and physically prepared as well as Matt.

Shayne Lamas

It was a fairytale proposal like I’ve always dreamed about. I forgot that there [were] cameras around. In that moment, it was just Matt and I and it was the most amazing moment of my entire life.

Shayne Lamas [on proposal by Matt Grant]
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