'The Bachelor' surprise-dumps first choice Melissa on live TV

<b>The stunt:</b> After proposing marriage to spunky little Melissa on the last season of "The Bachelor," Jason Mesnick changes his mind just in time for the post-finale "After the Final Rose" special. He wants runner-up Molly instead.<br>
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<b>Did it work?</b> ABC couldn't have planned it better -- or could they? Even though his last-minute switcheroo appeared to come as somewhat of a surprise to Melissa, it seems convenient that the usual "After the Final Rose" live audience had been excused in advance. Mesnick also later said Melissa knew what was coming, which is why she wasn't wearing her engagement ring when she came out for the dumping. Either way, "Bachelor" fans new and old were royally peeved with Mesnick's indecision, so chalk it up as a win for ABC.
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The stunt: After proposing marriage to spunky little Melissa on the last season of "The Bachelor," Jason Mesnick changes his mind just in time for the post-finale "After the Final Rose" special. He wants runner-up Molly instead.

Did it work? ABC couldn't have planned it better -- or could they? Even though his last-minute switcheroo appeared to come as somewhat of a surprise to Melissa, it seems convenient that the usual "After the Final Rose" live audience had been excused in advance. Mesnick also later said Melissa knew what was coming, which is why she wasn't wearing her engagement ring when she came out for the dumping. Either way, "Bachelor" fans new and old were royally peeved with Mesnick's indecision, so chalk it up as a win for ABC.

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