ABC often recycles women who were rejected by "The Bachelor" to star in the female-driven version of the dating show, "The Bachelorette." Now, the network has done the reverse.
Jason Mesnick, who started to get down on his knee to propose to "Bachelorette" DeAnna Pappas before she rejected him for pro snowboarder Jesse Csincsak, has been selected as the new "Bachelor," the network announced Wednesday. He will date and choose from among 25 women on the new season, which will begin in January 2009.
Mesnick, 32, a Seattle-area account executive specializing in estate and legacy planning, was notable on "The Bachelorette" for being the rare contestant who is also a parent. He often spoke on the show of his young son, Ty, and introduced Pappas to the boy.
The show is currently casting for women who want to date Mesnick on the show.
Pappas was herself rejected by businessman Brad Womack on season 11 of "The Bachelor." Womack was the first "Bachelor" to reject both of the final two women.
After 12 seasons of "The Bachelor" and four of "The Bachelorette," the dating reality show has resulted in one marriage and one child. Former Miami Heat dancer Trista Rehn and Colorado fireman Ryan Sutter wed in a televised extravaganza in 2003. Their son, Maxwell Alston Sutter, was born in July 2007.