Dostoyevsky would have loved Jason Mesnick.
Never has anyone in love been so miserable.
After his stunning change of mind last Monday on the finale of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor‘ unleashed a firestorm of outrage, Mesnick hit the talk show circuit to ostensibly say, ” Don’t hate me for being in love.”
For his first confession, the most reviled romantic in the country spoke to Ellen DeGeneres.
“I think what I want to do is to apologize to everybody out there,” he told DeGeneres. “All the fans of the show because thank you for watching, but this was my real life and it was the hardest thing I had to do. And I made some big mistakes and that’s what I wanted to sit here and talk about today—the mistakes that I made. But in the end I found my true love.”
He apologized for dumping Melissa for Molly on national TV.
“I regretted it every single day since that happened and I will regret probably every day for the rest of my life. The producers obviously really wanted me to do it on the show, but I take full responsibility for my actions. I could’ve not shown up and when I look back, I was just trying to do what I thought was right for me, and if I could go back and do it again I would not do that.”
Wednesday, the show’s executive producer Mike Fleiss attempted to soften some of the scorn by saying Melissa “wasn’t completely blindsided by the situation.”
“They’d been talking and seeing each other and it was clear to both of them that there were problems with the relationship, so as I understand, they were all but broken up,” said Fleiss. “I don’t think she knew she was gonna give him back the ring, but I think she knew they weren’t going to be together.”