The Bachelor's "shocking" finale has become a never-ending story.
Jason Mesnick, divorced dad of a young son, came off as such a likeable, genuine guy on the show. He'd had his heart broken during the last season of The Bachelorette, which placed him in high favor with the show's viewers. This season, he wasn't afraid to shed tears and tell women how "amazing" they were.
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He led us into the final rose ceremony with two sweet, lovely twentysomethings, Molly Malaney and Melissa Rycroft. And then he broke both of their hearts. First, he gave Molly the boot, choosing Melissa as his bride-to-be. Cut to the much-hyped "After The Final Rose" episode, which invovled Jason publicly dumping Melissa and asking Molly to take him back, a move that portrayed him as wishy-washy, at best.
MSNBC reports that personal e-mails between Melissa and Jason after their nationally televised breakup blames the show's producers. Among notes of apology but otherwise little explanation, Jason said the messy, public demise of their relationship was "part of the deal" and offered this to Melissa:
"The producers had a lot to do with it. I am so sorry. This is so horrible."
Rumors have been flying about what the producers did or did not orchestrate. According to The Hollywood Gossip, Bachelor host Chris Harrison has cleared the air. As he explains it, Jason changed his mind a few days after he "proposed" to Melissa during the final rose ceremony. The producers and Harrison himself were shocked, but saw the "After The Final Rose" filming as their only chance to let it be known publicly about Jason's change of heart. Melissa did have an inkling and was not blindsided, the site reports. Molly, on the other hand, was completely in the dark before the after-show was filmed.
So, if this story proves true, Molly really had been thinking about Jason since he dumped her for Melissa and her agreement to "see where things go" when he said he wanted her back during the "After The Final Rose" filming was also unscripted.
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In response to Jason's e-mail blaming Bachelor producers, Melissa responded:
"You are a grown man and perfectly capable of making your own decisions. Own your actions and stop blaming this process." We agree. Oh, and Jillian, Jason's third runner-up, will be ABC's next Bachelorette. Tune in if you can handle watching more hearts be manipulated for the sake of good TV!