Already have an account?
Get back to the

Melissa Rycroft Recalls Being ‘Furious’ With Jason Mesnick, Says She Never Blamed Molly Malaney

It’s been more than a decade since Jason Mesnick infamously broke up with Melissa Rycroft for runner-up Molly Malaney — but the Bachelor season 13 winner can still recall how irritated she was during that dramatic After the Final Rose taping.

Related: Jason Mesnick’s Season 13 of ‘The Bachelor’: Where Are They Now?

“I was so angry with the whole production. I was like, ‘They all lied to me. They all got me here. They got me dressed up.’ [And] I was furious with him for doing it to me,” Rycroft, 37, said on Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast. “I didn’t even have feelings toward Molly because first of all, it’s not her fault. I mean, if he contacted her, she’s allowed to talk to him. And she can’t help if he wants to be with her. So there wasn’t any of that and I’ll be honest, I was so angry at the time I didn’t even think about what was happening on that stage as I was riding off in the limo.”

Jason Mesnick dumps Melissa Rycroft for Molly Malaney Chris Harrison Shares Bachelor Nation Update
Jason Mesnick dumps Melissa Rycroft for Molly Malaney ABC (2)

ABC revisited season 13 of The Bachelor, which aired in 2009, on the Monday, August 10, episode of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons Ever. Mesnick made reality TV history at the time when he dumped Rycroft during a closed-set After the Final Rose six weeks after they got engaged because he was still thinking about Malaney, 35.

Related: Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney’s Unconventional ‘Bachelor’ Love Story

“Filming that was the most awkward thing in the entire world because I’m looking at everybody going you all knew exactly why you were coming here. It was bad,” Rycroft recalled, noting that production made her change when she arrived at the taping. “They put me in that shiny foil, strapless mini dress, they put the ring on my finger and backstage they had me watch the engagement video, which I’d never seen before [because] it hadn’t aired [yet]. So they got me all dolled up and all emotional.”

After his split from Rycroft, Malaney agreed to give Mesnick another chance. A year after they reunited, they wed in February 2010. The couple share 7-year-old daughter Riley. (Mesnick is also the father of 15-year-old Ty from his first marriage.)

Related: Former 'Bachelor' Winners: Where Are They Now?

Rycroft, meanwhile, got back together with ex Tye Strickland shortly after her split from Mesnick — and has never watched the show back.

“I know people are gonna watch [The Bachelor: GOAT] and get so angry. [But] I’m like, ‘Listen, we are so OK, we and we are right where we’re supposed to be,” she told Us. “If Jason and I got married, it would have been the biggest blowup ever, like, it would have been terrible. We are not supposed to be together.”

Melissa Rycroft Recalls Being Furious With Jason Mesnick
Fernando Lucena/; Abc-Tv/Kobal/Shutterstock

Rycroft and Strickland, who wed in December 2009, share daughter Ava, 9, and sons Beckett, 6, and Cayson, 4.

For more from Rycroft, listen to Us Weekly‘s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast.

Episode 25

Raven Gates and Alexis Waters Joke Ex Nick Viall Is 'Good Luck Chuck'
Raven Gates and Alexis Waters didn’t find love on season 21 of The Bachelor, but the “Girls Night” podcast hosts give Nick Viall some of the credit for leading them to their current significant others. Related:...
Flip podcast card

Episode 26

Why Dean Unglert Misses Traditional ‘Bachelor’ Endings
Final rose ceremonies certainly don’t seem so “final” anymore — and this week’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast explores why traditional Bachelor endings might be a thing of...
Flip podcast card

Episode 27

Nick Viall Admits He Isn't 'Indifferent' About Split From Vanessa Grimaldi
It’s been three years since Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi got engaged (and later split) on season 21 of The Bachelor, but the twosome didn’t get closure until their recent reunion for his Patreon channel. Related:...
Flip podcast card

Episode 28

Hannah Ann on Whether She'd Be the Bachelorette: 'I'm Done Playing Games'
Hannah Ann Sluss is looking for a husband — on or off TV. Related: Hannah Ann Sluss Spotted at ‘Bachelorette’ Filming Location: Photos Full house? Hannah Ann Sluss was spotted...
Flip podcast card

Episode 29

Cassie Randolph, Colton Underwood’s Restraining Order Hearing Set for October
Cassie Randolph and Colton Underwood are expected to appear in court on October 6 after she was granted a temporary restraining order against the former Bachelor. Related: Bachelor Nation Couples Who Have Split...
Flip podcast card
Got a Tip form close button
Got a tip for US?
We're All Ears for Celebrity Buzz!