The smoke has barely cleared after the whole fiasco that is The Bachelor
finale and the subsequent After the Rose Special, and it seems that all the parties involved are keen on picking up the pieces and moving on.
All three recently appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show
to voice out their side of the story. Melissa Rycroft
appeared to not have any qualms about making a public appearance, while Jason Mesnick
and Molly Malaney
practically expected to get a major beating from the audience the second their faces were on sight. Honestly, I was expecting – nay, hoping – for at least some jeers but none came. “It's not that kind of show,” Ellen reasoned.
A particular point of interest outside the interviews, however, was the tracks that the show chose to air on the three's entrance: Ne-Yo's Miss Independent
for Melissa, Black-Eyed Peas' Don't Phunk with My Heart
for Molly, and Katy Perry's Hot N Cold
for Jason. Subtly, the show at least made it clear what they thought about these three people. After all, the first line in Hot N Cold goes something like, “You change your mind like a girl changes clothes.” Very apt.
Molly told Ellen that they were surrounded by “so much difficulty.” Asked how she feels about another girl being blindsided in national television, she said while she “sympathized with Melissa,” she still gives Jason some credit for standing up for what he likes because she said, “it's OK to be selfish when love is involved.”
As for Jason, she said that it just took him long to realize that Molly is the perfect girl for him.
Meanwhile, Melissa told Ellen that she knew early on that something was amiss with their relationship once the cameras stopped rolling. She felt backstabbed, however, since she repeatedly asked Jason if Molly was involved in any way, and he said no. This explains Melissa muttering “bastard” under her breath the second Molly's name was mentioned in "After the Final Rose."
Melissa also confirmed that the leaked emails are true and that it was her way of achieving closure on the whole thing. Asked if she's willing to be friends with either of them, Melissa didn't mince words, “Jason and Molly don't have the characteristics of someone I want to be friends with. They betrayed me.” Melissa also admitted that in an ironic twist of events, she's dating someone named Ty, also the name of Jason's son.
Ellen was right in pointing out, and Melissa thankfully conceded, that the premise of The Bachelor
truly hinges on playing with a bunch of people's feelings and making a spectacle out of them at the expense of such people. The concept of going into a reality show to find true love, as it were, is laughable in its own. However, as Melissa countered in the same interview, it's very different once you're there. You start to ignore the cameras and display real-life emotions.
According to the leaked emails, Jason's defense was that it was the show's producers that egged him not tell Melissa that Molly played a factor in the whole thing (Melissa said the breakup was “mutual”). Granted, the producers were total assholes. I'm not privy to the contract he signed, but did he really, really need to do that?
- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image courtesy of NBC)