On Monday (August 10), ABC aired The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever!, which looked back at Jason Mesnick‘s season of The Bachelor from 2009.
As fans can remember from finale, Jason, 44, proposed to Melissa Rycroft.
During After the Final Rose, Jason ended things with the 37-year-old Dancing with the Stars champ to pursue things with Molly
While recalling the drama, Jason said that he had second thoughts nearly two months are getting engaged to Melissa.
“Melissa and I, we dated, I don’t know, six or eight weeks and I think both of us knew that things weren’t going the direction,” Jason recalled. “She called me up and she said, ‘How are things going?’ I said, ‘Things have changed.’ She had asked several times and I know why she really got mad, she had asked several times, ‘Does this have anything to do with Molly?’ and I never said anything about Molly and I mean that was chicken of me, there’s no doubt about that.”
Jason then called up The Bachelor producers to let them know things weren’t “working out” with Melissa.
“They said to me, ‘You can have this chance with Molly, but we’ve already asked her to be the Bachelorette,’” Jason said.
Molly then talked about the moment she was offered to be the franchise’s next leading lady.
“It was probably a week after I had gotten back from New Zealand that I got the phone call and they’re like, ‘We need you to be the Bachelorette‘ and I’m like, ‘I still am like crying, sad, upset,’” Molly said. “But when I took a flight out for After the Final Rose, I thought I was coming out there to film that real quick and then stay and do some like Bachelorette stuff. But boy did that change.”
Even though she agreed to be the next Bachelorette, Molly said it “was easy to let” go of it.
“Me agreeing to be the Bachelorette, it was a really big deal,” Molly shared. “I was hesitant, I didn’t think I was right for it, so it was easy to let that go. And for us to be able to be on our own, away from the show, take our time, date as a normal couple — we dated long distance for 10 months before I moved out to Seattle — it was perfect. It allowed us to just be regular.”
Molly and Jason got married in 2010 and welcomed daughter Riley, 7, in 2012. Jason also shares son Tyler, 15, with his ex-wife.
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