People are still buzzing about The Bachelor‘s shocking twist–including host Chris Harrison.
On today’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, the reality show host shares his perspective on Bachelor Jason Mesnick‘s shocking change of heart, which was revealed on the After the Final Rose special Monday night.
When asked if Mesnick, 32, should have chosen Melissa Rycroft, 25, over Molly Malaney, 24, in the finale, Harrison replies, “Oh, yeah, she was terrific. When we left New Zealand where the finale was filmed in November we could not have been happier because it was a great ending. He is a great guy. This is best ending. She’s going to be a mom to his son, Ty, 4.”
In January, Harrison tells DeGeneres, he found out that Mesnick wasn’t happy. “I learned that not only did he want to break-up with Melissa but he wanted a shot with Molly,” says Harrison. “The show was just starting to air so now we’re left with this dilemma because we have this proposal.”
The producers then had to decide what to do next. “So we choose six weeks ago to shoot this special that you saw on Monday night,” he explains. “And, what you saw last night on part two of the ATFR show is what obviously what’s happened in the six weeks since.” Mesnick and Malaney are still together, and she plans to move to Seattle to be closer to him, she tells PEOPLE.
Harrison also addresses rumors that the dramatic switch was planned. “That was the one thing that did upset me about all of this,” says Harrison. “When the rumors went from how this ends to this is completely contrived and scripted, questioning not only the show’s integrity but my integrity and honesty that’s where I got a little upset.” –Jennifer Wren
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