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The married “Bachelor” winner admits she should be the next Bachelorette

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If things hadn’t turned out this way, Jillian Harris wouldn’t have been The Bachelorette in season five; Molly Malaney would have done it. The wife of ‘Bachelor’ favorite Jason Mesknick and second choice on his season of ‘The Bachelor’ admitted to People magazine in 2020 that she should be the next Bachelorette before her husband changed his mind about who he wanted to marry .

As fans may recall, Mesnick originally picked and proposed to Melissa Rycroft at the end of Season 13 in 2009. However, after filming was completed, he began to have second thoughts. On “After the Final Rose,” Mesnick stunned Bachelor Nation by publicly announcing that he wasn’t in love with Rycroft, but actually with runner-up Malaney.

Rycroft and Mesnick were interviewed by Chris Harrison on “After the Final Rose” before Malaney was brought on stage. When Mesnick clarified that he no longer wanted to be engaged to Rycroft, she exclaimed, “I’m so mad at you!” When he tried to apologize, she replied, “Don’t call me. Don’t text me anymore.”

When the breakup was over, Malaney was invited onto the stage. She thought she was just there to discuss Mesnick’s rejection at the recent rose ceremony, she told People. Instead, Mesnick confessed to her in front of a live audience, “I couldn’t stop thinking about you. My heart did not let go.” (see below)

After Mesnick revealed his true feelings, Molly had to make a decision. However, she told People that the decision wasn’t that hard: “Agreeing to be the Bachelorette was a really big deal. I was hesitant, thinking I wasn’t the right person for this, so it was easy to let that go.”

Executive producer of The Bachelor, Mike Fleiss, disagreed, telling People in 2009, “I thought she would be an amazing Bachelorette, so personable and beautiful and telegenic.” Fleiss went on to explain that Malaney was starting to warm to the idea and even told her family about it.

Mesnick was already aware that Malaney could be the next Bachelorette when he decided to start a relationship with her. According to the People 2020 interview, producers warned him, “You can have that chance with Molly, but we’ve already asked her to be the Bachelorette.” Mesnick was willing to take his chances.

Mesnick faced a lot of backlash after the show aired, particularly as to why he didn’t break up with Rycroft privately. In a 2009 interview with the Seattle Times, Mesnick explained that because I did what I decided to do on a TV show, I knew everyone would judge me. At the time, I felt like I had no choice. [… ] Looking back, would it have been better if I just hadn’t shown up? That was my alternative.”

It has also been speculated that Mesnick’s change of heart was scripted and staged. However, Fleiss claimed: “This is obviously wrong. It was Jason’s choice in New Zealand who he proposed to. He wasn’t in love with Melissa anymore and he was in love with Molly and he had to make a change,” People reported.

Today, Jason and Molly Mesnick remain happily married. Bachelor Nation reports that the couple celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary in February 2022. Mesnick’s son Ty, who was just five years old when his father’s season aired, is now a teenager. The Mesnicks also have an 8-year-old daughter named Riley. Rycroft is also happily married to Tye Strickland.

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