I kind of can't believe the brouhaha that is taking place over Monday night's season finale of The Bachelor. If you've been living a under an non-reality TV rock, I'll quickly fill you in on what went down. Jason Mesnick, who was dumped at the end of last season by Deanna Pappas, chose Melissa over Molly at the show's end, and the two got engaged. Fast forward to the After the Final Rose special, where Jason tells Melissa that it's over and that he wants to be with Molly instead!
Crazy talk, right?
Well, the show's host, Chris Harrison, sat down with E!'s Kristin Dos Santos and filled her in on who knew what was going to happen when the cameras started to roll that day:
The Producers Were Just as Shocked As You Were: "When we left New Zealand, we were all high-fiving, thinking this is great, 'People are going to love this guy and love the story,' " Chris recalls. "I talked to Jason when we got back, and things were going great. And then the next thing I hear, the producers are saying, 'He wants another shot with Molly.' And I just said, 'You've got to be kidding me!' We were all blown away."
The Producers Did Not Want This to Happen: "People think we wanted to pull this stunt off, but we didn't!" Harrison insists. "This isn't good for us. I mean, the ratings were insane and all that, but we would've much rather had him end up with Melissa and have them get married. In the long run, that's a better story for us."
There Had to Be an Ending: "We had a really big dilemma when this happened," Harrison admits. "It wasn't like a normal deal where, after the show airs, the couple doesn't work out and they just go on their way. It was right when the show started airing; he wants to make this switch to the girl he just broke up with. So what do you do? You can't just show him proposing to Melissa and then have People magazine reporting that he's dating Molly. We had to put something together. I don't know if it turned out right or wrong. That will be debated for a long time."
Melissa Knew: "Melissa obviously knew [about the breakup]," Harrison clarifies. "She was not blindsided. She didn't think everything was great and show up that day to talk about the wedding date and then realize she was going to be dumped. She was pissed and angry, but she wasn't blindsided. Not that it makes it any better for anybody, and I totally understand why people are still mad, but she wasn't the complete unsuspecting little lamb that you might think."
Molly Did Not Know: "There are the ridiculous stories in the media about how set up this was, how Jason and Molly had been seeing each other. When those came out, I talked to him again, and I said, 'Tell me, was there anything? Text messages? Phone calls?' I know they hadn't seen each other, but was there anything? And he told me, 'No, not until we got on stage.' That really was the first time she knew that he wanted her back."
Molly and Jason Are Going Strong: "I can't believe how well they're doing," Chris tells me. "That's part of the special tonight--what's happened in the six weeks since we shot that last special back in January. And they're doing amazingly well. I talked to [Jason] again this morning to see how they were holding up, and obviously he realizes that he's probably one of the most hated men in America, but that too will blow over. They're going to make a go of it. They're doing good."
So, have you all settled down yet? Is Jason really the most hated man in America (come on, people, Chris Brown)? I need to know what you're thinking!