TV Addict: I got jilted by new ‘Bachelor' Jason Mesnick
By PAMELA SITT
Sure, he plays a nice guy on TV, but Jason Mesnick is not above giving a girl his number, saying he'll be in touch and then disappearing. I know this because it happened to me. That's right. I got jilted by ABC's new "Bachelor." TV Addict tells all!
Granted, I wasn't trying to date him. Seattle's a small town, so it's no surprise that I'm one or two degrees of separation from America's most eligible single father. My friend's husband golfs with Mesnick, and I used to run into him at parties six or seven years ago, back when he was dating his now ex-wife. He was also bald at the time.
About a month ago, Mesnick was at a Seattle Mariners game - where he threw out the ceremonial first pitch - and happened to be sitting next to a friend of mine. We got on the phone, traded pleasantries and he texted me his phone number. "I'll get ahold of you tomorrow," he said. He didn't.
Word around town - from people who know someone who knows someone who knows Mesnick, of course - is that he's reveling in all the attention and may be in danger of having his head turned by his newfound fame. So when I found out Mesnick had been selected as the next "Bachelor," I sent him a text: "Dude, seriously?" We exchanged a few messages in which he refused to tell me anything that I wanted to know: Will the show be filmed in Seattle? What about his son Ty? Is it true that he was dating a divorcee with two kids when he went on "The Bachelorette" and told her he was going on a business trip? America wants to know!
"Bachelor" host Chris Harrison was a bit more forthcoming when I cornered him at an ABC party in July. He told me that Mesnick was on his "short list" to be the next "Bachelor," and if it happened, Ty would have to take center stage. He hinted that the show might film in Seattle, and even offered to baby-sit: "We have two kids. Ty would fit right in!"
Unfortunately, America will have to wait until closer to January, when the 13th season of "The Bachelor" is slated to premiere on ABC, for more details. On the plus side, Mesnick will surely represent Seattle - technically he's from Seattle suburb Kirkland - better than Blayne Walsh, whose tanorexia and obnoxious catchphrases grated from day one on "Project Runway."