'The Bachelor' Finale Wasn't Staged, Says Creator

Addressing the biggest TV-related controversy of the week, the creator of ABC's The Bachelor says that this season's outrageous finale wasn't staged, and that Bachelor Jason Mesnick dumped Melissa Rycroft and went back to Molly Malaney all of his own accord.

Mike Fleiss tells People that the shocking After the Rose special in which Mesnick broke off his engagement and reunited to his runner-up was " a remarkable twist."

Fleiss says accusations that the switcheroo was planned from the beginning in a bid for media attention are "patently untrue."

"It was [Jason's] choice in New Zealand who he proposed to," Fleiss elaborates, noting that things changed after the finale's rose ceremony: "[Mesnick] was not in love with Melissa anymore and he was in love with Molly and he needed to make a change."

Fleiss says that he learned a week after Mesnick's proposal that Mesnick and Rycroft were not getting along. He adds that, at that time, he was trying to convince runner-up Molly to be the new Bachelorette. (The job went to third place girl Jillian Harris.)

“My first thought was, 'Oh, too bad,'" Fleiss recalls. "My next thought was, 'Wow, that's almost too good!' At that point, the decision was made to bring all three parties into the studio to film After the Final Rose, the most shocking After the Final Rose in Bachelor history. It was never anyone's plan."

"We couldn't not show that," Fleiss says. Of course not. This is reality television, after all.

Readers, have your say in our poll: Was Jason Mesnick's flip-flop staged, or was it a genuine change of heart?

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  • Amanda
    Amanda

    You do realize that the bachelor doesn't stage them it's the producers?

  • RHODA
    RHODA

    WHAT A DISSAPOINTMENT FOR ALL THE WOMEN WHO WATCHED THIS SO-CALLED "GOOD" GUY DUMP SUCH A SWEET GIRL FOR THE GREEN EYED MONSTER "MOLLY"! HE WILL GET HIS REWARDS WITH HER I'M SURE! HA! IT'S ONE THING TO KNOW YOU DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT FEELINGS FOR THE PERSON YOU JUST PROPOSED TO OR EVEN 2ND THOUGHTS ABOUT IT.....BUT TO DELIBERATELY HUMILIATE AND EMABARRASS SOMEONE THE WAY JASON DID WAS TOTALLY UNCALLED FOR AND EVERYONE SHOULD BOYCOTT THE BACHELOR FOR ALLOWING THIS TO HAPPEN THE WAY IT DID AND BOYCOTT ALL OF THE JASON & MOLLY APPEARANCES FOR DISPLAYING SUCH LITTLE CLASS IN THEIR ACTIONS...YOU DON'T DUMP SOMEONE PUBLICLY AND THEN GO ON A KISSING AND LICKING TOUR EXPLOITING WHAT YOU DID!!!!

  • Rhonda
    Rhonda

    Jason staging this disaster all back fired on him.. No man leaves his woman unless he knows there is someone else waiting. jason is a low life and he has dragged Molly down.. I am so glad Melissa does not want to be friends with either of you snakes

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