30 ‘The Bachelor’ Villains And Why We Love to Hate Them

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7. Jason Mesnick

No matter how Jason Mesnick’s life may have turned out, what he did during his tenure as The Bachelor will forever brand him as a giant jerk. On his season, he whittled it down to two women, finally asking Melissa Rycroft to accept his rose. But I guess he had a change of heart and changed his mind shortly thereafter.

During the reunion show, Jason renegged his proposal to Melissa and declared his love for runner-up Molly Melaney. During the After the Rose special, he, very publically, dumbed his first choice and begged his second choice to give him a chance.

American wasn’t as accepting as Molly, and pretty much everybody took Melissa’s side at the time. Melissa felt completely blindsided.  “I wasn’t expecting him to be like, ‘Oh, yeah, peace out. I have feelings for Molly, I’ve been talking to her and I’ve been seeing her,” she said. “That was when I was humiliated.”

I guess we can cut Jason and Molly a bit of break. They did go on to get married and have a daughter, so true love won out in the end. But that was a brutal way to fulfull your destiny, and poor Melissa will always have to contend with that moment in her life, thanks to Jason Mesnick.

6. Chris Bukowski

Chris Bukowski wasn’t all that villainous while he pursued Emily Maynard. He’s testosterone levels were a little high, as he strutted around declaring his manliness. Nobody really thought Emily was going to choose him, even when he was too pushy about hometown dates.

He really ratcheted up his bad guy game, when he started making the rounds on the spin off shows. On Bachelor Pad, he took his “grown-ass man” schtick to a whole new level. He callously went through the women on the show, sleeping with them and then breaking things off.

The  more he tried to demonstrate his manliness, the worst it got. He acted like he owned the world and nobody could tell him anything. All that bravado made him the one for audiences to love to hate.

Chris went on to be on a handful of spin-offs, and all that man-splaining and posturing really took a toll on his mental health. He has since gone public with his struggles with depression. He penned a blog for Psych Central detailing his trouble.

He wrote, “My competitiveness got the best of me and with that came some serious consequences. I will NEVER forget the feeling I had when I woke up in the Bachelor mansion knowing every single person in that house hated me. I’d never felt that before and honestly, I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to leave but quitting is not in my vocabulary…It almost completely ruined me, my family, and my career.”