Bachelor Jason Mesnick shocked fans when he said he wanted to date runner-up bachelorette Molly Malaney after breaking up with his first-choice bachelorette and fiancee Melissa Rycroft on Monday's "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose."
Jason initially gave the final rose (and an engagement ring) to Melissa on Monday's finale of ABC's reality dating show "The Bachelor," which aired from 8-10 p.m. EST. The season eight Bachelor said he made a mistake choosing Melissa over Molly on "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose," which aired from 10-11 p.m. He confessed that he was still in love with Molly and couldn't stop thinking about her.
On Tuesday's "Good Morning America" hosts and fans criticized Jason, but the Bachelor never made an appearance. Check in again tonight for an update when Jason and Molly discuss their relationship on "After the Final Rose: Part 2."
Appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," which aired at 12 a.m. Tuesday after "The Final Rose," Lost's Evangeline Lilly said she didn't even want to be in the same vicinity as the bachelor. "He should not do that women," she said when Jimmy told her that Jason was the next guest on the show.
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To explain himself, Jason told Jimmy that the feelings between him and Melissa were different on the show than they were "in the real world." Real world being the the six weeks between the taping of "The Bachelor" finale and "After the Final Rose" when Melissa and Jason were quietly dating off camera. Jason said the six or seven weeks of dating on the show didn't prepare them for a relationship.
Jason told Jimmy "he's really with Molly" and laughed at Jimmy's question of whether Jason had phone numbers of other contestants from the show in case it didn't work out with Molly. When Jimmy asked Jason if he was going to marry Molly, Jason responded that there was "no talk of that right now." Jason also hoped to be friends with Melissa in the future. "I think at some point, her and I will be friends again, Jason said.
"On no you will not. You and Melissa, Israel and Iraq," Kimmel replied.
As the credits rolled for "After the Final Rose," Jason and Molly kissed, hugged and laughed as ABC plugged Tuesday night's show "After the Final Rose: Part 2," which is set to air at 10 p.m. EST. That show will catch viewers up with Molly and Jason's relationship since the camera's stopped rolling.
Earlier in the show, an astonished-looking Molly (who was not sporting her signature ponytail) mouthed the word "what?" to cameras as Jason said he'd made a mistake and wanted to get together for a "coffee or drink." She agreed to give Jason another chance after he admitted that he'd made a mistake. Molly, who said her feelings for Jason never faded, said her first step was to find out what happened in New Zealand when Jason chose Molly.
Though the couple agreed that they had "no idea" where their relationship would take them, Molly said she was happy that Jason had a change of heart.
"This is something I dreamt of but never expected to hear," Molly said.
Before discovering that Jason had changed his mind, Molly said she still got "weak in the knees" when she saw Jason on episodes of the show.
Before Molly appeared on screen, Jason dumped Melissa and admitted to his upset fiancee that he couldn't get Molly out of his mind. He said he tried to work on his relationship with Melissa, but he didn't feel the same passion that he had initially. After spending time with her in New Zealand and during the holidays, he decided that they were just too different and that his feelings had changed.
Her reaction? "You're such a bastard."
Melissa accused Jason of not "fighting" for their relationship and his choice. She gave the ring back and told Jason to never again call or text her. In the limo ride home she spoke candidly to the cameras. She said she had no idea what went wrong with the relationship and revealed her anger and disappointment at Jason. How could he, who had suffered a broken heart several times himself, do this to her, Melissa questioned.
Melissa fought back tears as she wondered what she had done wrong and why this kept happening to her. She had previously told Jason and viewers that she was always and the dumpee and had survived several awful breakups. (Jason had been married to Hilary Mesnick and after the divorce appeared on season four of "The Bachelorette" with Deanna Pappas. Jason came in second to Jesse Csincsak.)
Just an hour earlier, during the airing of "The Bachelor," viewers watched Jason ask Melissa to be his wife. The 25-year-old former Cowboys cheerleader from Dallas said the Seattle single dad made her the happiest woman alive when he asked her to marry him on the finale episode. Still dressed in formal clothes, they jumped into a pool with Ty. The final scene showed an elated Melissa hugging a smiling Jason as little Ty splashed in the water.
In that show it was Molly who was the dumpee. The 24-year-old department store buyer from Grand Rapids Mich., told Jason that she thought he was making a huge mistake and that he'd end up hurt again. (Jason had been the runner-up bachelor on season four's "The Bachelorette" with DeAnna Pappas.)
During the final episode of "The Bachelor" Jason seemed upset by Molly's insistence that a wrong choice was made. He hunched over a rail and cried before Melissa's arrival.
All this drama happened after viewers had watched almost two hours of "The Bachelor" finale trying to guess who would be chosen: Molly or Melissa. Who was right? Everyone? No one? Who knows.
Keep checking in for updates. Tuesday Jason and Molly will appear on "After the Final Rose: Part 2"