‘The Bachelor’ 10 Year Anniversary: Host Chris Harrison Recalls Best And Worst Moments

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Jake Pavelka was a contestant on The Bachelorette and later starred on The Bachelor.
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The Bachelor turns 10 years old on Mar. 25.

It's been 10 years of roses, proposals, heartbreaks and scandals.

It's been 10 years since the first Bachelor, businessman Alex Michel, wooed and was wooed by several lovely ladies.

Host Chris Harrison recently recalled some of the most memorable moments on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette with People magazine -- including the low points.

He had very special words for the first Bachelorette, Trista Rehn (who was the runner-up in Season 1), and the backlash that happened after her casting was announced.

It was really controversial and it took a very special woman to be that first Bachelorette, he told People. Trista -- she's the godmother of our series. She's a large part of why we've been around so long.

He also talked about the fiasco that was the Jason Mesnick, Melissa Rycroft and Molly Malaney triangle -- and Mesnick's tearful outburst.

Look, it has its own term, Harrison said. Everybody knows what 'The Mesnick' is.

He said he regretted the way contestant Bentley Williams dissed Bachelorette Ashley Hebert.

It's the one thing that I kind of regret not stopping, stepping in more, Harrison said. But that's definitely something that resonates with fans.

The show has also been significant for Harrison on a personal level. He told People that his son was six weeks old when Harrison was picked to host the show and that his wife was in labor with their daughter when he was filming the final rose ceremony of the second season of The Bachelorette.

Skeptics may criticize the show, but fans seem to get more and more excited with each season. This past season of The Bachelor was one of the most controversial yet, with star Ben Flajnik picking the brassy model Courtney Robertson. Comments from fans of the show abounded on Facebook and Twitter. Even talk show host Ellen DeGeneres got in on the action with video spoofs, including one that showed her trying to warn Flajnik against proposing to Robertson.

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Former Bachelor Ben Flajnik with a contestant.
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