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Ex-'Bachelor' stars Trista Sutter, Andy Baldwin slam Jason Mesnick


By John Bracchitta, 03/03/2009 

You can count former The Bachelorette and The Bachelor stars Trista Sutter and Andy Baldwin among those who aren't impressed with current The Bachelor star Jason Mesnick's decision to choose Melissa Rycroft over Molly Malaney only to later decide to dump Melissa on-air for a second chance with Molly during last night's season finale of the ABC reality dating series.

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According to Sutter -- the first-season The Bachelorette star that still currently holds the distinction of being the only The Bachelor or The Bachelorette star to actually marry the suitor she chose on the show -- Mesnick has demonstrated that he's too fickle to trust.

"How could you go from being engaged to someone to kissing someone else on the couch?!" Sutter told momlogic.com on Tuesday. "He doesn't deserve to walk away scot-free. I mean, what disappointed me as a mom is that he introduced both girls to [his son] Ty. Melissa was around, and now she's gone. What is Ty going to think?"

"How can you trust him?" Sutter said.  "I wouldn't trust what [Mesnick] is saying to me. He is obviously fickle.  He didn't want to fight for the relationship between he and Melissa. He gave up. If you have such strong feelings for someone, at least give it a chance before making such a big decision."

Sutter added that she had texted Rycroft on Monday evening with encouraging words.

"I texted her last night and said, 'I'm proud of the way you handled it.' She deserves so much better!" Sutter said. "Melissa hasn't been able to say anything about this until now, so I think she's relieved."

"I am happy she can finally move on. As far as I'm concerned, this is a blessing in disguise," she added. "Now she can find someone who truly loves her."

Sutter admitted that given she did not fall in love with two men during her time starring on The Bachelorette, she couldn't directly relate to what may have been going through Mesnick's head and said that it probably was "difficult" for him. However, she added that he should not have proposed to Rycroft if he had any doubts.

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"I did not fall in love with two people, so I cannot speak to that. If that's the case, I'm sure it was difficult," she said. "But why put a ring on someone's finger if you're that torn? He took that away from Melissa. She only wanted to get engaged ONE time. He took that from her."

Sutter also told momlogic.com that she doesn't believe recent unsubstantiated allegations that the season's ending was somehow fabricated by The Bachelor's producers.

"I don't know what Jason's contract says, but I don't believe the producers could have manipulated the ending to this extent," Sutter said.  "I think Jason definitely had a choice in how he broke off the engagement -- either publicly or in private. Ryan and I don't think the producers could force him into something like that."

Baldwin, the star of The Bachelor's tenth season, was more succinct in his criticism of Mesnick.

"Andy is glad when he was the Bach. He was a man and didn't sell his soul and cave. Such a sellout," Baldwin wrote in a self-promoting update of his Facebook status, according to Us Weekly.

"You do NOT break up on national television," he later posted a second criticism of Mesnick, according to Us. "That is the opposite of a gentleman."

(Photo credit ABC)


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