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Bachelor Creator Mike Fleiss said Melissa Knew Relationship with Jason was Over, Surprised by His Feelings for Molly

Bachelor Creator Says Melissa Knew Relationship Was Over

People are still buzzing about the controversial conclusion to this season of The Bachelor, and this morning I hopped on a call with the show's executive producer and creator, Mike Fleiss, who took questions from reporters on how it all went down. Fleiss defended his decision to tape the heartbreaking postfinale episode — in which Jason dumped Melissa, to whom he'd previously proposed, and rekindled things with Molly — in the studio, saying that because Jason's feelings for Melissa involved another person from the "Bachelor universe," producers felt compelled to tell a complete story on air. "We are making a TV show," he said. "Not putting that moment on TV seemed strange."

One of the most interesting things Fleiss said was that he didn't believe Melissa was blindsided the night of that taping in terms of her relationship ending with Jason — "They were all but broken up prior to the show" — but she was shocked by Jason's feelings for Molly ("That's what caught her off guard"). That said, Fleiss said he didn't know why Melissa would walk on the stage wearing her engagement ring if she really thought things were over with Jason. He also said Molly had no idea that Jason was going to announce his feelings for her that night: She thought they were just doing the typical final show where previous contestants give the audience updates on how they're feeling and what they've been up to.

For more of Fleiss's take, including his response to a report that Jason was obligated to dump Melissa on TV,


  • On angry viewers threatening to never watch the show again because of what happened to Melissa: Fleiss simply claimed that lots of people are also telling him it was the best moment on television they've seen in their life.
  • On Jason's contractual obligation to go through with breaking up with Melissa on camera: Fleiss said Jason had plenty of access to Melissa between shooting the finale in New Zealand and its air date. He said there was no contractual obligation for Jason to return and do what he did — "none." Fleiss didn't go out of his way to defend Jason's actions but noted that he personally didn't see a difference between breaking up with Molly on TV in New Zealand and breaking up with Melissa on TV in Glendale.
  • On Jason's turn as one of the most hated Bachelors in the show's history: Fleiss said Jason was so immensely popular going into the show due to his experience on The Bachelorette that relative to previous men he had the furthest to fall.
  • Had all of this not happened, the producers wanted Molly to be the next Bachelorette: Fleiss said he tried hard to get Molly to be the next Bachelorette, but she felt she couldn't commit because of her lingering feelings for Jason. He even let her tell family and friends before the finale aired that Jason hadn't proposed to her (contestants are usually legally obligated to keep the secret) so she could talk the decision over with them. He said Molly was coming around to the idea — until everything else happened.
  • I asked Fleiss if, after spending time with Jason (who's now proposed to at least three women in his life), he really believed Jason and Molly have a shot. Fleiss said they looked as happy as can be at dinner last night and definitely have a timeline for Molly's move to Seattle.

    Fleiss also said that they would have loved for Melissa to be the next Bachelorette but she said no (hmmm . . . I wonder why?). He thinks Jillian is a great choice, though, and called her a fan favorite who as a "Jennifer Aniston quality" about her.

    Do Fleiss's answers make you feel more sympathetic toward Jason? Or is he still the worst Bachelor ever?

    Photos copyright 2009 ABC, Inc.

Samoan-gurl Samoan-gurl 8 years
It must have been really hurt being dumb live on T.V...Jason lost his chance his Melissa. How can Molly except a man like Jason. Jason is a Pig and I hope Melissa will become the next Bachelorette.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I stopped watching this after the first season.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
What surprises me is that Jason keeps going around saying that he was obligated to break up with her on TV and Fleiss says that there was no obligation...someone is lying.
They're both lying, that's why. And Fleiss comes out like a punk a$$ B!tch trying to throw dirt on Melissa's name. I think she had an inkling that he was sneaking around(per usual, can't be honest and cant be bothered to care for someone else's feelings), but i don't think she was a part of this viscious attempt at humiliating someone - herself.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
Personally, I think the show is thrilled with the bullshit they created. They are only back peddling because everyone thinks Jason is a douche, which he is.
RaCheer RaCheer 8 years
If Jason had no contractual agreement to dump Melissa on national television, then why didn't he have the decency to do it in private prior to the taping? Disgusting!
xopiperxo xopiperxo 8 years
bs! molly andjason were totally talking to eachother behind melissa's back. ugh, it makes me sick!
wendybird33 wendybird33 8 years
What surprises me is that Jason keeps going around saying that he was obligated to break up with her on TV and Fleiss says that there was no obligation...someone is lying. Jason had 6 weeks to break up with her off air even if he was contractually obligated but producers are very manipulative people and ABC might have more to lose. I only watched the finale and one other episode of this season but my friend and her mom would just gush about someone named Jillian from Canada and I only just saw her when they announced her as the new bachelorette. I think I might tune in to see that. Plus love jen aniston so that is a very flattering comparison!
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
He badmouthed the ex, dm8bri? The one he still has to co-parent with? That's like a surefire sign that he's a complete douche. And he cries too? Oh man. Seriously, I wonder if he's going to cry when he's doing it with his current gf LOL. I'm SO GLAD I missed that show, I was planning to watch that season (because I can't be missing it forever! Got to see it sometime!), but thank goodness I didn't! At least I can count on my beloved Antique Roadshow on Monday nights. It never p1sses me off :D
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
I agree with dm8bri.
zeze zeze 8 years
This is DAMAGE CONTROL - to soothe those same people who tuned in and are mad about it. And I agree Melissa knew, she didn't seem surprised, just pissed at him for what he was doing and the fact that she had to go through with it on national tv.
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
I'm from Seattle and people around here are pretty embarassed to be associated with the show. My coworker knows Jason's ex-wife (the one he constantly bad-mouthed) - she left the marriage because he was never satisfied yet never interesting. Sound familiar? I mean, who goes on a reality show to find love (twice, at that) who isn't looking for attention and affirmation?? I got irritated with him when he started crying all the time. Yay for guys who are in touch with their feelings, but sometimes I wanted to reach into the screen and check if he still had a ball sack.
alesimas alesimas 8 years
Yawn. There's no way Molly didn't know about it. You could see on her face. It started with how many times she said "he's making a huuuuge mistake". It was staged out of their minds. And the whole thing would've been much easier to swallow if Amazing Jason was honest from the Rose Ceremony on, and not spinning Melissa like a happy ending fairytale and saying I love you like 300 times. One second he is dying over Molly and then jumping in the pool with Ty and his future wife. Oh wait, let's not get married. I'm sorry, but Jason started as a mature single dad and looks like an immature shallow boy at this point. It started to show with Jillian, on how much he seemed annoyed with her best friend concept. He wants passion, he wants adventure. He loves the idea of it considering how boring he really is. Let's see how adventurous his life with sexay Molly will be , when Ty is losing his marbles on a supermarket and passion has given its spot to routine. 'When Molly look at me with those eyes..." "Amazing". "Hmmm, I have never to say, let me grab your chin and give you a kiss" Yeah Jason, you're a hoot, that's what you are!
Jenniba Jenniba 8 years
he should have picked her in new zealand to begin with. they belong together - he's an ass and she doesn't care about being second choice. she wouldn't have made a good bachelorette anyway (nor melissa for that matter). my prediction: done in 6 months..... but look who isn't done: - this guy is WAY BETTER than jason!
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
I never watch the show (although I caught the Bachelorette--Meredith--well, the gal from Portland, OR--hometown gal for me). But I have heard what happened (most of my gal pals were filling me on it--well, basically they were telling me what a douche this bachelor is and almost nothing else LOL), but did this bachelor actually sleep with Molly not the other one he proposed to? Is this an 'ok' thing to happen? I thought this is not like 'Rock of Love'? :lol: And which number was she? I mean, how many more girls did he have to date/propose to before he kicked her out? I don't understand at all LOL. If he's not into the other lady, why did he propose? Someone told me that not all turns into proposals in the past. Um. Another thing, what makes this Molly so special that the Fleiss dude actually told her that it's ok to tell her family (seeing that she's contractually bound to not tell anyone due to her contract to ABC and the show)? If he told her that, wouldn't it mean that EVERY other contestants can tell their family and friends if they get chosen or not?
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
This confirms what I thought about the show all along - the producers/ writers don't take relationships or marriage (especially that final proposal thing) seriously at all. It's just a game, and a ratings game at that.
laceykk23 laceykk23 8 years
lol ilanac!!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Fleiss is a dick.
emalove emalove 8 years
I still think this whole thing was staged/scripted...the entire season.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
see i think that molly would have made an AWFUL bachelorette, and i don't think that people would have tuned into it for melissa, but i think that jillian will really draw a crowd and the dates will be great. who wants to place a bet on whether multiple guys come with hot dogs to the first night?
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
"Fleiss simply claimed that lots of people are also telling him it was the best moment on television they've seen in their life." Hardly.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
so fleiss is a douche too? i think the sex between jason and molly must be smokin hot, and that is the pull. even in the after the final, final, they were all over each other. hello, are you 15?? your adults and this is national tv. i think molly was tipped off before the show that jason and melissa were over and that he still had feelings for her. when the host asked molly "do you dream of jason saying he wants another chance?" she said "he'd have to really explain himself". who says that? if he hadn't been thinking about getting back w/ her she'd look pathetic. melissa is so cute and sweet, i can't imagine she'll have any trouble finding a man that is good for her now, lots of exposure.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
I had really wanted Jason to pick Molly, so I'm happy they're together. But, I don't think dumping Melissa on tv was the way to go. I think he could have at least worked out a way to break up privately beforehand so that both he and Melissa could face the television cameras with a joint position. I think Naomi articulated my feelings best on the recap show. I don't think Jason is scum and I only wish him and Molly the best; I truly hope they stay together happy and in love. I'm also happy Jillian is the next Bachelorette, I don't know that I would have liked Melissa as the next one.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
so there 15 minutes arent up yet?
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