One of the unexpected (or expected, depending on how you look at it) effects of the current coronavirus outbreak is that there's a lot more Netflix and Hulu watching going on right now. Because while social distancing is necessary, it can also be isolating—however, it does get a little better when you think of it as a time to catch up on that show that your friend recommended to you that one time.
And even though there are a number of new releases hitting streaming sites, people are also using this time to rewatch their favorites—comfort watching, if you will. The drama and lightheartedness of reality tv shows are perfect for these uncertain times, and while Netflix has a number of reality shows available on site (Love Is Blind, The Circle), they only have one season of The Bachelor available for streaming.
And while this may seem like an egregious error, the Bachelor season that's available is none other than season 13: Jason Mesnick's season. We decided to revisit Mesnick's season, and both longtime Bachelor fans and new converts will agree with Mesnick's season was one to remember.
What happened on Jason Mesnick's season of The Bachelor?
Mesnick was runner-up on season four of The Bachelorette before becoming the lead of season 13 of The Bachelor, and he was the first single parent to be named lead on the franchise. He was also the second former Bachelorette suitor to become the Bachelor.
Mesnick's season was pretty run of the mill....until the very end. During the finale, Mesnick proposed to Melissa Rycroft, making Molly Malaney the runner-up.
But during the "After the Final Rose" special (which is taped six weeks after filming for the season has ended), Mesnick told host Chris Harrison that he planned to break up with Rycroft and ask Malaney a for second chance.
Rycroft was stunned, and after some arguing, she gave Mesnick the ring back and left the stage. Malaney then came out, and she admitted that she still had feelings for Mesnick. He then told her that he had broken up with Rycroft and asked for "another shot," to which Malaney agreed.
In a part two special filmed six weeks after the first, Mesnick and Malaney revealed that they were still dating, and were the "happiest they had [ever] been."
Is Jason Mesnick still married?
Jason Mesnick and Molly Manaley got married on February 27, 2010, and their wedding aired during a two-hour special titled The Bachelor: Jason and Molly's Wedding. In 2013, the couple had their first child together. They currently live in Washington state, and Mesnick works as a real estate agent, while Manalaey is a radio personality on KISS 106.1.
How did Jason Mesnick change The Bachelor going forward?
While there had a been a number of Bachelor break-ups before Mesnick's season—at the time, none of the Bachelor leads had stayed with their winner long-term—Mesnick was the first to dump his fiancée for his runner-up publicly.
Season 9's Lorenzo Borghese dated his runner-up after breaking up with winner Jennifer Wilson (although he did not propose to her), but it was done after the season was over, and it was more under the radar than Mesnick's on-screen switch up.
After Mesnick, season 22's Arie Luyendyk Jr. also broke off his engagement to date his runner-up, and season 24's Peter Weber did the same. But while Mesnick and Luyendyk Jr. are now married to their runner-ups, Weber and his runner-up, Madison Prewett, broke up just days after his season's finale.
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