1. Jason picks Melissa — no, Molly!
Okay, maybe Brad wasn't the most hated guy for that long. Brad did his damage on The Bachelor Season 11 back in 2007. In 2009, unlucky Season 13 Bachelor Jason Mesnick manged to dethrone Brad as the most hated Bachelor ever. Part of it had to do with the fact that it was Jason — sweet, single father Jason, a fan favorite from DeAnna's season of The Bachelorette. It didn't seem like he could hurt a fly and yet he publicly broke up with his chosen one, Melissa Rycroft — who called him a "bastard" — only to ask out his runner-up, Molly Malaney, just a few minutes later.
The way it played out — the happy finale with Jason and Melissa, followed by the After the Final Rose dumping, then the After the Final Rose Part 2 with a happy Jason and Molly — was awkward, painful, and totally unbelievable. It also launched the whole spoilers phenomenon from Reality Steve, with fans desperate for more intel on what crazy thing would happen next. Once again, things ended well for all parties: Jason and Molly are now married and Melissa Rycroft has never left the public eye, first competing on Dancing with the Stars, then launching a TV correspondent career and co-hosting Bachelor Pad. She's also married to a guy she knew before going on The Bachelor and she's about to have her first child. If anything, she should thank Jason — whose reputation may never fully recover.
3. Jake and Vienna dissolve their union of fame whores
The hand chop heard 'round the world actually aired, ironically enough, during Ali's season of The Bachelorette. If only Jake had taken her back, maybe he could've been spared the embarrassment of his harsh public breakup with Vienna. She cried. He seethed. She interrupted. He yelled. Chris Harrison looked alternately terrified of the train going off the rails in front of him and excited by the prospect of high ratings. Somehow, Vienna ended up looking like the winner of the fight — even after bursting into tears, calling Jake a mean fame whore, and running away.
4. He's got a girlfriend back home
Wes Hayden may or may not have had a girlfriend while on The Bachelorette Season 5, but he did have an annoying country song he decided to share... over and over again. Entertainment wrestler Justin "Rated-R" Rego hobbled off into the Turkish sunset as voice mails he left to his ex-girlfriend, Jessica, played out for viewers to enjoy. Both villains arrived at their undignified ends with the help of past contestants. Jake Pavelka had already been dumped by Jillian before ABC brought him back to tell her about Wes' supposed girlfriend, Laurel Kagay. (Interestingly enough, Laurel also dated Season 11 and 15 Bachelor Brad Womack.)
Jillian confronted Wes and he slithered out of it, but later accused the show of ruining his reputation with bad editing. (So why did he then go on another ABC Bachelor show, Bachelor Pad?) Justin was called out by Jessie Sulidis, who was on The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love with Ali. Justin's ex, Jessica, had called Jessie and Jessie called Chris Harrison and the producers. It came out that Justin was in contact with Jessica while filming The Bachelorette. Ali called Justin out and he denied having a girlfriend; he also complained about producer manipulation and bad editing. It seems to us, though, that neither Jillian nor Ali should've had to wait to hear about alleged girlfriends to know that these guys were bad news. A sleazy lounge lizard country singer and a professional entertainment wrestler? It was pretty obvious they were just on the show to boost their profiles. (And it worked!)
5. Kasey Kahl wants to guard and protect Ali... a little too much
Kasey Kahl started his verbal incontinence on the first night of The Bachelorette Season 6, gushing in a fast-talking blur about how he wanted to "guard and protect" Ali's heart. Then he started singing on their date in New York, including while Ali was captive in the dark, empty American Museum of Natural History. She expressed her displeasure with the singing and all the over-the-top "guard and protect" stuff, but gave him another chance to tone it down. Kasey somehow heard that he should do the exact opposite. So he snuck out and got a tattoo in New York, then showed it off to her in Iceland. Then he was dumped on a glacier as Ali flew away on a helicopter with Justin "Rated-R" Rego, who is no prince himself. (See #4.)
6. They quit!
Ed Swiderski. Ali Fedotowsky. Frank Neuschaefer. All voluntarily left their shows to return to something better. For Ed, it was work. He left Jillian for his job back in Chicago. And, if the rumors are true, he also enjoyed the company of at least two special lady friends before returning to The Bachelorette Season 5, which he later won. Ali left Jake for Facebook and then called to come back. By then Jake had moved on so Ali was free to dump Facebook again for The Bachelorette. Frank was allowed to travel from L.A. to Chicago to Bora Bora in his own mini version of The Bachelor while deciding between his ex, Nicole, and the woman we kinda thought was the star of the show. He chose to be his own star and stuck with Nicole.
7. Ali vs. Vienna
Sometimes it becomes very clear that the competitors on a show are much more interested in each other than the Bachelor or Bachelorette. That seemed to be the case with Dave and Juan and it was certainly the case with Ali Fedotowsky and Vienna Girardi on The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love. Ali spent what seemed like 90 percent of her time bashing Vienna to anyone who would listen. She seethed that if Vienna was the kind of woman that Jake Pavelka wanted, then Jake would not be the right guy for her. She went on and on until finally the women confronted each other in San Francisco. Then Jake talked to Ali about it and Ali realized it was time for her to calm down. Or just leave the show for her job. She chose the latter. (See #6.)
8. David Good introduces "the man code"
While Tanner was obsessing over Jillian's feet, David Good was busy obsessing over Juan Barbieri's violations of "man code." After repeatedly threatening the life of poor Juan for not wanting to get drunk on shots during the show — thereby violating "man code" — angry Dave made an aggressive, unwelcome pass at Jillian, who was clearly not in the mood to kiss him. Dave redeemed himself a bit on Bachelor Pad, where he ended up co-winner with Natalie Getz. And now he's releasing a book on "The Man Code," for anyone who didn't understand what the heck he was talking about back on The Bachelorette.
9. Tanner Pope indulges his foot fetish
The thing that was most ridiculous about Tanner Pope's foot fetish was how little Season 5 Bachelorette Jillian Harris seemed to mind it. Most girls would be creeped out by the extent of the toe lust he gushed to the cameras, but Jill seemed to laugh it off. Tanner said that once he felt how soft Jillian's feet were, he was ready to take her home to his family. He also said her feet would be a 10 if she would paint L'Oreal's "Mango Mango" nail polish (now called "Mango-Get-Em," btw) on them. The way he stared at and gushed about her feet made us want to protect ours with double layers of socks.
10. Stacey Elza makes the worst debut ever
Never has a contestant gone quite so far to embarrass herself in such a short period of time. Stacey Elza got impressively wasted on the season premiere of The Bachelor: London Calling. She gave British Bachelor Matt Grant a pair of panties, felt him up while he was talking to other women, annoyed the other bachelorettes with her loud, crass banter, and then passed out in one of the mansion's spare bedrooms until it was time for the rose ceremony. To the shock of no one, she was dumped that night, leaving The Bachelor with a bad hangover to match her reputation.
People get rowdy on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Thankfully there are cameras around to capture the magic. As time has passed, the seasons have gotten more outrageous with ratings-bait antics, so our list of top 10 crazy moments skews heavily in favor of the recent insanity. (Since we're still trudging through the hot mess that is The Bachelor Season 16, we'll exclude any of its moments from entry into this list... although this one is a strong contender!):
2. Brad Womack pulls a Womack
Oh, Brad! Brad, Brad, Brad. We'll give him credit: He may be a lot of things, but he is not a sell-out. The Bachelor audience wants a happy ending, but instead of giving us the usual proposal or "let's see where this goes" finale — only to inevitably break up a few months later — Brad decided to be honest. He was just not that into you, DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft. He shocked viewers, who felt like Brad had completely wasted their time and needlessly led on two innocent women. It all ended up fine, but Brad was the most hated guy in The Bachelor universe for a long time.