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March 3, 2009 Jason Mesnick Defends Decision to Dump Bachelor Winner for Runner-Up Jason Mesnick is defending his decision to dump Bachelor winner Melissa Rycroft for runner-up Molly Malaney on Monday night's shocking Bachelor finale. "How was I supposed to lead somebody on, or keep on going, if it really wasn't there?" he said on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday. "That's the honest truth. Did America want me to say, 'Lead someone on?' Why would anyone do something like that?" Click here for the whole storyABC