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Melissa Rycroft thanks Juan Pablo, more ‘Bachelor’ alums weigh in on finale

What a difference a season makes. Up until this year, Jason Mesnick’s season of “The Bachelor” was the most controversial in the show’s history. But now, Mesnick’s ex-fiance Melissa Rycroft is thanking Juan Pablo Galavis for taking on the role of most-hated “Bachelor.”

Bachelor alum Melissa Rycroft thanks Juan Pablo
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In a People interview posted on March 12, Rycroft, who chosen by Mesnick before being dumped on camera for runner-up Molly Malaney (whom he later married) joked, “I have to thank Juan Pablo for being controversial because I think he took the heat off of our season.”

Galavis’s antics on the most recent season of the ABC reality romance series culminated with an awkward live “After the Final Rose” show which had him butting heads with host Chris Harrison. Galavis also refused to update fans on the status of his relationship with final pick, Nikki Ferrell, and went back on a promise for a “surprise” during the update show.

“Bachelorette” star Jillian Harris felt Galavis wasn’t a good fit for the show from the get-go and expressed dismay over how the season turned out. But she also placed some of the blame on producers.

In a post on her blog, Harris wrote: “Do I think that Juan Pablo was a great Bachelor? No, not really. I think the role is more fit for guys who are in touch with their feelings - able to navigate them and communicate them … But, what has upset me more, is the way the franchise dealt with all of this.”

Revealing that she didn’t think the “Bachelor” franchise took “the high road,” Harris added: “Chris [Harrison] is such a GOOD friend … But... I was disappointed in him last night. I felt awkward the whole time he interviewed Juan Pablo and didn't understand the strong and relentless emphasis on getting Juan to say that he was in love!”

In a Facebook post, “Bachelor” alum Tenley Molzahn wrote: "For the record, I'm not upset about no proposal, in fact, I respect that as they still have tons to get to know about one another, BUT Juan Pablo just did not show any respect tonight, especially towards the people that have walked this very unique & exciting experience with him for several months. Whoa. This was the weirdest ?#‎Bachelor? ever!"

Recently married “Bachelor” star Sean Lowe also gave his two cents on the situation. While the reality star tweeted, “My take on last night: I commend JP on not proposing if he isn't ready. And he certainly shouldn't feel pressured to say 'I love you,'" he went on to bash Galavis with: "As the Bachelor, you can't say I want to keep my feelings private. You owe it to the fans and network to open up. That's the job."

Lowe also dissed Galavis for “disrespecting the nicest guy in show business @chrisbharrison,” saying it “should be a crime.”