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In his weekly blog for EW, host Chris Harrison defended his show and vaguely denied some of the bombshell Bachelor spoilers that have rattled the show's fans.

The charge? That ABC conspired with Bachelor star Jason Mesnick to d!ck over Melissa Rycroft, with him proposing to her on the season finale only to dump her later for runner-up Molly Malaney, creating "shocking" aftermath footage.

The supposed evidence? A second "After the Final Rose" special scheduled to air Tuesday - after Monday's two-hour finale and first "After the Final Rose" special - and some classic misdirection possibly planned by ABC all season long.

Basically, Harrison denies it was all a set-up, but is purposely vague as far as whether the purported season-ending scenario involving Melissa Rycroft, Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, as alleged by a certain reality TV blogger, are accurate.

Here are excerpts of Chris' blog (written Saturday) ...

Chris Harrison, Jason Mesnick

"As much as I'm sorry that some of you have somehow found a reason to doubt my integrity and honesty, there's not a whole hell of a lot I can do about that.

If something you may have heard or seen from somebody you don't know has suddenly changed your opinion of me then is there really anything I could say or do that could change your mind anyway? I learned a long time ago (15 years of marriage) to pick my battles and this, my friends, is one I don't care to fight.

The Bachelor producers ... are not responsible for, nor have we ever scripted, the ending of this show. Let me re-type this slowly so all of you can read this:

We do not, and have not, decided the ending of any of our seasons.

Let's be honest, if we did that, don't you think we would do a much better job and have a much higher success rate?

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The Hollywood Gossip's recap of The Bachelor is a rundown of our favorite (and least favorite) moments, with points awarded or deducted as we see fit.

Last night, the three women accompanied Jason Mesnick to New Zealand - where he made a surprise choice in which one he sent home. Let's get to it ...

Jason Mesnick, DeAnna Pappas Photo

Plus 10 for New Zealand. Jealous.

Jason took Jillian to the edge of a cliff and said: "It was just the two of us. There was no one else around for miles and miles..." Minus 5 for ABC's boom mic guy getting in the way of Jason completing that thought.

This week's special feature: Plus 1 for every boring euphemism for sex the writers can come up with. So far: Spend the night together. Connect physically. Handle all this fire. See the passion. Time alone. This week's total: Plus 5!

Sweet mother of ... Jason actually pulled the Titanic card and proceeded to spread his arms in an I'm-the-king-of-the-world sort of way. Minus Infinity.

Jason on the suite card: It was "from Chris to give to me to give to her..." Minus 5. Not as romantic to acknowledge the pimp-like role Chris Harrison plays in all this. But Plus 12 for the pimp-like role Chris Harrison plays in all this.

Despite giving off the impression that she's forcing it and isn't quite sure why she's there, Molly Malaney stuns Jillian for the second rose and earns a place in the finals! Could it be that less enthusiasm and insanity is more? Plus 11.

Melissa Rycroft just wants her parents to see how happy Jason makes her? Their dates are being FILMED! Minus 3, because that makes no sense, and Minus 6 more for the obvious overplaying of the parental absence for two weeks now.

The picture frames of the girls Jason gazes upon contain the same promotional stock pics we use on this site! You can't get any other candid photos, ABC? Minus 4.

Plus 5 for Melissa's video, because it is by far the most sincere and least awkward. On a related note, Jillian refers to Jason as "babe" in hers, while Molly goes with "J" and Melissa the ever-annoying "you." Minus 1 for Jillian and Melissa.

"Dude, when you're 90, you want to be with your best friend." - Jillian Harris. We know you're all laid back and cool and Canadian, Jill, but never start a sentence with "dude" and expect to be taken seriously. Minus 8.

Minus 7 for Jillian for making up that dream about Ty after getting eliminated. Just move on, girl. Sorry, that was mean. Bad us. Minus 5 for our staff.

Finally, Plus 30 for the melodramatic setup to the "shocking" finale and the "intimate" After the Final Rose special to follow. What happened is so emotional ... that we've decided to keep it as intimate as possible. What does that even mean?

Oh, and Plus 16 for that great deleted scene with Jason and Molly in the tub, with their microphones malfunctioning. We imagine 98 percent of the show is like this.

TOTAL: -Infinity, +47! A quick list of who's in and out on The Bachelor...

Roses received at ceremony: Molly, Melissa.

Booted By Jason Mesnick: Jillian.

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The Hollywood Gossip's recap of The Bachelor is a rundown of our favorite (and least favorite) moments, with points awarded or deducted as we see fit. Last night, the four women took Jason to their hometowns. Let's get to it ...

Plus 5 for ABC subtly plugging Dancing with the Stars via Jillian Harris' mom's take on relationships: "Life is a dance and you learn as you go."

Minus 4 for Jillian literally mixing her cliches: "I literally catapulted off the couch. It was like a total cherry on the top of a perfect day."

In Michigan, Molly Malaney's dad offered her the best Guns n' Roses-themed advice of the evening: don't cry. Simple, yet profound. Plus 11. (Jillian's mom blew a chance to warn her about getting caught in November Rain... again.)

The Malaney hat box was great, too, leaving both Jason and Molly momentarily mortified. Plus 4. And Plus 3 more for Molly's adorable argyle sweater!

Minus 4 for mimosas in a Thermos. It's just weird, Naomi. But not as much as referring to Jason Mesnick as her "potential future husband" three times in 90 seconds.

Hector: There's just one God. Joanne: There are multiple lifetimes. Mmm. Minus 12 because this awkwardness sealed Naomi's fate long before the Rose Ceremony.

  • Jason and Jillian on The Bachelor
  • Jason and Melissa on The Bachelor

Canada's Jillian Harris was the big winner of the night, while Jason Mesnick received a bit of a surprise when Melissa Rycroft said her parents would not be participating.

A surprising Plus 13 for Melissa Rycroft's parents declining to participate on the show. No offense to Melissa for her decision to go on The Bachelor - thank goodness she did! - but you have to admire her folks' stance in a way.

Minus 5 at the same time, though, because they could support their daughter a little. They didn't even go to games when she was a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader? Her surprisingly low self-esteem for a girl so gorgeous makes sense now.

Plus 6 for Jason Mesnick keeping Melissa around in spite of this setback. Besides, her family's no-show still leaves them light years ahead of Naomi's family. Let's hear it for victory by omission! You wonder if Melissa Rycroft heard how Naomi's date went, decided she already had a rose in the bag and told her parents not to bother.

Obligatory Plus 3 for Chris Harrison and his dashing good looks.

A brief discussion of next week's previews: New Zealand? Really? Jealous. Plus 4. OMG, is there some doubt about Jason and Molly's chemistry? Minus 7. Okay, did Melissa not tell her folks she was even going on the show? Minus 2. Finally, re: DeAnna Pappas' return - if we're supposed to believe what we saw (and it's not ABC having a field day with us), DeAnna tells Jason she made a mistake - and he still has a chance with her?! Minus 13, because we don't buy it ... but totally Plus 35 because that would be, as Chris Harrison's voiceover says, "the most shocking twist in Bachelor history."

TOTAL: +36! A quick list of who's in and out on The Bachelor...

Roses received at ceremony: Molly, Melissa, Jillian.

Given the Heave-Ho By Jason Mesnick: Naomi.

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The Hollywood Gossip's recap of The Bachelor is a rundown of our favorite (and least favorite) moments, with points awarded or deducted as we see fit. Last night, the five women stopped at nothing to impress J-Mes in his native Seattle. Let's get to it ...

Jillian's way with words amazes: "As soon as I saw Jason, I literally catapulted out of the limo." NOTE: Catapult not shown. Plus 5.

Jason: "Today's gonna be an awesome day. I'm gonna show the girls the best of Seattle." - Jason. Not included Last season's NFL or MLB standings. Minus 2.

Molly Malaney, through the glass, during the radio broadcast: "I'm trying to read his lips. He's saying: 'Molly, I love you.'" If he's not, Mols, we sure are! Plus 7.

Speaking of Molly ... there's family beer pong waiting in Michigan?! We gotta start rooting against this girl so someone on our staff can gobble her up. Plus 17.

Why does Jillian try so hard and appear nervous at all times? Her answer to the bedroom question: "I like fun!!! And then... it ends with you wanting to spend the rest of your life with that person." Way to cover all bases. Minus 8.

Come on, Ty. Get your $h!t together. Whining while Jason Mesnick has his shirt off??? Millions of women would kill to be in your position. Minus 12.

Jason Mesnick Shirtless Photo

Jason Mesnick shirtless should not induce whining. Even if you're three.

Must the girls always say the phrase "hometown date" and talk about bringing Jason to their "hometowns" every five seconds? Does anyone really refer to where they live that way? Might want to mix up your scripted lines a bit, ABC. Minus 3.

Plus 15 for Melissa Rycroft casually mentioning that it's hard to bring someone to meet her family ... then in next week's preview, revealing that her parents don't approve at all! The plot thickens. Will this lie-via-omission derail our favorite?

Since Naomi's parents haven't stayed together, Jason worries she may not be the most stable partner. 1. The Bachelor stars are 0-for-12 lifetime. 2. Jason is divorced! Way to gloss over that for the sake of faux controversy. Minus 20.

Obligatory Plus 9 for Chris Harrison. From his mini-recap of the episode with Jason, to reminding us for the 378th time that those who survive tonight's elimination will go on "hometown dates," to his declaration of the final rose each week (ladies, the final rose... as if they forgot), this guy has the best job on TV.

Jason tells Stephanie she's "the greatest person he's ever met." Aside from, you know, the four younger, hotter girls he's keeping around. Minus 7.

TOTAL: +1. A quick list of who's in and out on The Bachelor...

Roses received at ceremony: Molly, Naomi, Melissa, Jillian.

Given the boot by tearful Jason Mesnick: Stephanie.

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More than a few of us shed tears when DeAnna Pappas broke his heart last summer.

Well, get ready to bawl your eyes out again when The Bachelor's Jason Mesnick gets engaged during the final rose ceremony, according to host Chris Harrison.

"I'm extremely happy for Jason and the woman he chose. It's a fantastic season that has an incredible finish," Harrison said Thursday in an interview. "There will be many tears shed as fans take this journey with us this season."

Jason Mesnick - who was dumped by DeAnna Pappas on The Bachelorette finale in July - has already confirmed that he is engaged. We will get to see it all play out on the ABC reality show's upcoming season (premiering January 5).

Jason Mesnick on The Bachelor

Jason Mesnick, 32, was hesitant to start dating again after Pappas rejected him.

"I haven't dated at all since DeAnna," a heartbroken Jason said in August.

"I wanted to give myself the time to heal so that when I got out there again I was ready to give whoever I am with the respect and total attention she deserves... to give these girls everything I can to find the one that is right for me."

We're glad it worked out for Jason Mesnick, and can't wait to watch.

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