Melissa Rycroftis officially a married woman. The 26-year-old Good Morning America correspondent was dumped on national TV earlier this year by The Bachelor winner – Jason Mesnick. Jason proposed to her on the finale, and then later changed his mind. All that drama is now in the past for Melissa as she exchanged vows Saturday afternoon in Mexico with fellow Texan – Tye Strickland.
“Tye is my best friend in the world, and now he’s my partner forever. We have had such a journey within our relationship, that to finally look at him and see my husband, gives me the calmest, most content feeling in the world,” Rycroft told In Touch Weekly. “I love him so much and am so excited for our forever to begin!”
Melissa got married in a beautiful Alfred Angelo gown. Tony Dovolani, Melissa’s dance partner on Dancing With The Stars and the Bachelorette’sJillian Harris were on the guest list. Both Melissa and Tye dated on and off for a couple of years before finally reuniting earlier this year. We certainly wish them the best.
The Bachelorette‘s fifth season star Jillian Harris and her fiancé Ed Swiderski will appear on the premiere of the 14th season of the Bachelor. According to ABC, the engaged couple will provide Jake Pavelka with some advice on his journey to find love. The lovebirds will surprise the 25 bachelorettes during the first night of the competition just before he’s about to present one of them with the first-impression rose. They will then help Jake make his first decision and share a special announcement with the new bachelor, says ABC.
The new season of the Bachelor will start with Jake, a 31-year-old commercial pilot from Dallas, TX arriving at the mansion to meet the 25 bachelorettes. Once in the mansion, all the ladies try to impress Jake and the competition officially begins.Once host, Chris Harrison arrives, the atmosphere takes a serious turn as he announces that Jake has to give one of the ladies the first impression rose, which he does after meeting with Jillian and Ed. At the end of the premiere show, Jake will have to send 10 bachelorettes packing.
This season’s Bachelor will include Jake and his bachelorettes appearing in a photo shoot for InStyle Magazine’s February issue; a private plane ride to Palm Springs for a Chicago concert; a trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain, where they have the amusement park all to themselves; bungee jumping off the Bridge to Nowhere in the San Gabriel Mountains; a trip to the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, where the ladies find out they are the ones performing; a road trip up California’s coast; dinner at Napa Valley’s Castillo di Amorosa; and a San Francisco visit that culminates in a romantic dinner for two at the top of Coit Tower.
The final 3 women will vacation with Jake in St. Lucia, where the season’s finale Rose Ceremony will take place. The new season will premiere Monday, January 4 at 8PM ET/PT.
In a new interview with SeattlePI, Molly Malaney opens up about her new life post The Bachelor. Molly talks about her recent engagement to Jason Mesnick, dealing with her new found fame, and settling down in Seattle with Jason, and his son Ty. Molly reveals that she and Jason are planning to get married within the next year.
Excerpts from Molly’s Interview below -
On Wedding Date – No. We haven’t had even a minute to think about the wedding. We haven’t even had one discussion about it. Now that things are slowing down, I think we’ll start talking. There are so many different factors: Is it going to be on TV? Is it going to be part of a magazine spread? Or are we just going to do it ourselves? It will definitely be in the next year.
On Dealing With Tabloid Attention – It’s amazing, seeing how personally invested people get. A lot of it, first of all, just with all the backlash that happened after the show, it was like, “Hello, people. It’s a television show!” Even today there’s still a small group of people who are still upset about it and still have animosity toward Jason and it’s just so strange to me.
I can’t say I regret going on the show or going through all the tabloid drama because I met the person I’m going to spend the rest of my life with, which makes it worth it. And I think a lot of our success comes from having gone through all that negativity. I mean, it sucked. It totally sucked going through it, but it brought us a lot closer.
On Life With Jason – We are complete opposites. Oh my God. Two totally separate people. But it works. We disagree about any little thing. What to eat, how to rearrange the living room. But at the end of the day we love going to bed together and waking up next to each other and just being with each other. So our personalities definitely complement themselves. But he is so carefree and easygoing, doesn’t let a thing bother him. Everything just slides off. And he is such a glass-half-full kind of person. He always sees the positive side of everything. Whereas I am very square and safe and play by the rules, I’m very organized, and very consistent, so yeah — we’re very different. But we pull each other in the right direction. He eases me up a little bit and I kind of wrangle him in.
The 31-year-old commercial pilot will meet the 25 bachelorettes who hope to win his heart. Jake is looking forward to finding the right woman to share his live with. According to Jake, she must be intelligent, confident, energetic and spontaneous. He also admits to looking forward to being a father.
During “The Bachelorette”, several fans fell in love with Jake during his solo date with Jillian Harris because of his reputation of being a honest guy with an open heart. It doesn’t hurt that he is also good looking. Most viewers were astounded when Jillian rejected Jake right before the hometown dates on last season’s Bachelorette.
Now Jake gets to meet and choose one of these 25 women to be his best friend and soul mate.
Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa had a special Halloween episode on Friday’s Live with Regis and Kelly, during which they spoofed some stars of reality television and pop culture.
Above is a pretty hilarious video of the two spoofing the now infamous public breakup between The Bachelor’sJason Mesnick and Melissa Rycroft. Jason famously dumped Melissa during the After The Rose special. Both Jason and Melissa are now both happily engaged to other people.
The new season of The Bachelor only began filming weeks ago, but Jake Pavelkaalready believes he has met his future wife on the reality dating series.
Jake reveals to AccessHollywood during a group date for the show, “She is in Los Angeles right now. I have met Mrs. Pavelka.” The 31-year-old Texan says he has not officially chosen the woman he’ll marry yet, but believes she is among the 25 hopefuls currently vying for his love.
AccessHollywood reveals there will be three single mothers amongst the women competing, whom Jake calls, “The prettiest cast I have ever seen on the show.” As for whether Jake has any jitters about picking the wrong woman, reminiscence to whatJason Mesnick did on his season, Jakes reveals he has no fears.
“It doesn’t scare me. I am going to let my heart lead,” he says. ‘I think Jason Mesnick in the end wound up with the right decision. I understand they are engaged. I bumped into Molly a couple of weeks ago in the airport and she is just giddy over that guy. So he is walking on a good path.”
The new season of “The Bachelor” returns January 2010.
The coupon discusses their engagement details, as well as the hardships they had to go through in their relationship. Jason famously dumped his former fiance, Melissa Rycroft, on national television to begin dating Molly.
When asked why he dumped Melissa, Jason reveals, “Melissa is a great girl, but there wasn’t any chemistry,” he admits. “So I broke up with her after Christmas, about a month after we wrapped.”
Jason admits the controversial After the Final Rosetaping wasn’t the ideal time or place to try to rekindle things with Molly and win her back. “Obviously, I didn’t want it all on TV, but I had to take the chance if it meant getting her back. I’d rather have picked up the phone, trust me!”
Jason goes on to reveal a somewhat surprising tidbit when he says Molly gave up being the next Bachelorette to be with him. He tells US that show producers — a week after his ill-fated proposal to Melissa — “kept asking me if I thought Molly would make a good Bachelorette.”
He however realized he was “not willing to let Molly go on TV and have 25 guys fight over her.” If Jason’s story is to be believed, this would mean Jillian Harris was the third choice to be the Bachelorette, as Melissa also declined an opportunity to do the show.
Jason asked Molly to marry him marry him in New Zealand on Monday night reports People magazine. This is Jason’s second engagement this year as he became notorious for dumping his then fiance, Melissa Rycroft, on national television to begin dating Molly.
The two have been maintaining a long-distance relationship as he lives in Seattle, and she lives in Milwaukee. A source close to the couple reveals Jason may have returned to the site of his ill-fated first choice so “Jason can do what he should have done in the last time he was here, and ask Molly to marry him.” New Zealand was the same location he had asked Melissa to marry him.
Melissa is also engaged to be married to her fiance, Tye Strickland. Seems to be a happy ending for all parties involved. Congrats to Jason and Molly.
UPDATE: A photo of Molly’s engagement ring is below —