You might say, “Steve you’re only apologizing because you’re friends with them now.” No, not the case. I’ve yet to meet either one of them. I have spoken to both of them, but have never met. Will we? Maybe someday if our schedules meet up, but I’m just glad I was able to approach them and apologize over the phone for what I wrote. I’m doing this because it’s been on my conscience, and not for any other reason. I get nothing out of this apology other than the satisfaction that the truth is now out there and I’m letting you know that I stupidly ran with information I shouldn’t have, since it was just rumor and speculation. Yes, I could’ve just left it at a private apology between the three of us, but since I was publicly one of the driving forces behind Jason being hated by many of you, I figured a public apology was necessary also.
You know, I wanted to go over all of this with Molly. I wanted her to come on, do an interview, and go over everything to set the record straight. That’s kinda why it took a while for this apology to happen. We went back and forth on whether or not the interview would happen. She accepted the apology, but politely declined the interview because there’s no need to re-hash everything. It’s over and done with. Everyone has moved on. She told me that by doing an interview, she didn’t want people to think she was still trying to defend themselves, and were still trying to convince people to like them. She knows there will be people who still hate them for whatever reason, and that’s fine. There’s plenty of people who don’t hate them and have moved on. I think that speaks a lot about her character that she chose not to do an interview and go over all this again. After knowing the truth now, it’s obvious to me they didn’t deserve the brutal attacks from the media they got. I’m telling you, if you knew how everything went down, I think your feelings would be different towards them. Obviously, they don’t want to be disliked, but dragging this all out in the open again wouldn’t have gotten anything resolved. I wanted to do the interview for selfish reasons, and wanted people to hear the real truth. But I realize now, it’s all better left unsaid. What’s done is done. When I broke that news back in February of 2009, all I should’ve said was, “There was a secret taping, and at the taping, Jason dumped Melissa and got back together with Molly.” I should’ve just left it at that and not ran with any other rumors and gossip. I started believing all the other stuff people were telling me because it kept getting juicier and juicier. So even though I’ve told them both personally and in email that I’m sorry, I’m apologizing once again. Jason and Molly are good people, they don’t deserve the hatred that people spew at them, and I wish them all the best in the future.
I’m glad I was able to make a friend out of this with Molly, and who knows, maybe somewhere down the road I will get to apologize to them in person. But for the time being, I know what I did was wrong, I know it caused them a lot of hurt since they knew what I was saying wasn’t true, and I want to thank them for accepting my apology, since it’s weighed on my mind for over a year now. It was irresponsible “journalism”, or whatever you want to call it, and it’s why you don’t see me running with just anything any more in regards to gossip. When I talk about the Rated R stuff, or the Rozlyn scandal, or telling you Jillian and Ed have broken up, or that Brad is the next Bachelor, it’s because it’s true. If I ran with every rumor I heard about this show and its contestants, I’d be writing something pretty much every day. That’s not what my site is for. I am here to make fun of the show, and give spoilers when I hear about them. When I’m wrong, I’ll admit I’m wrong. But that just hasn’t happened very often when it comes to this show since my sources are some of the best in the business.
I kind of wish all the magazines and tabloids that attacked Jason and Molly would retract the stuff they said, since pretty much all of them got their info from my site, but that’ll never happen. They crucified these two on a national scale, then just move on to the next victim. Pretty sad, but it’s what they do. I wanted to do this because I realized what I did really had a snowball effect on the negative media attention Jason and Molly both received, and for that, I couldn’t be more sorry. Trust me, there are way worse people in this world than Jason and Molly Mesnick.
In closing, in case you don’t follow Molly on Twitter, I wanted to share something that she wrote recently about her and Jason’s lives through all of this. I thought it was an excellent view of how their lives have changed because of this show and sort of the microscope that they live under. Really good insight as to what it’s been like to be them for the last two years. Check it out and definitely leave a comment since I know she would appreciate it. You can read it at:
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I know it’s been a long time coming, but I felt it needed it’s own column, and not lumped in with anything going on during Ali’s season or “Bachelor Pad”. You have no idea how much this has bothered me, and seeing Jason and Molly get dragged through the mud because of unconfirmed rumors I heard then printed, wasn’t any fun. Even though I’ve apologized to them months ago, I’m glad to finally get this off my chest to readers now. Sorry for misreporting that, and I promise to never to do it again. Thanks for reading.