Jason Mesnick: Molly Malaney Turned Down the Bachelorette For Love

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Jason Mesnick couldn't bear the thought of guys fighting over Molly Malaney on The Bachelorette. Fortunately, he never had to shoulder that burden.

In a new interview, Jason says a week after his failed proposal to Melissa Rycroft on The Bachelor, ABC's producers started inquiring about Molly.

"They kept asking me if I thought Molly would be a good Bachelorette," he said. "I realized that I was not willing to have 25 guys fight over her."

Fortunately, Molly turned it down, and Jason got it right the second time, receiving a second chance and getting engaged to Molly last week.

The Bachelor's Molly and Jason got engaged earlier this month.

With the pair committed to marrying, the controversial ending of The Bachelor last season now looks like it was for the best. As for Melissa?

"Melissa is a great girl, but there wasn't any chemistry," Jason says.

Jason also adds that he and Melissa had already split in private, despite what the "After the Final Rose" special showed. But Molly wasn't aware.

The "After the Final Rose" taping that provided a less than ideal, but first possible opportunity to rekindle things with Molly and win her back.

The rest, as they say, is reality TV history.

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