Juan Pablo and More: The Biggest 'Bachelor' Finale Controversies Ever

PHOTO: Juan Pablo Galavis is pictured on Jan. 17, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif.
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Whether you agreed with him or booed at him, Juan Pablo Galavis certainly got "Bachelor" fans talking after he refused to tell Nikki Ferrell he loved her during the season finale. Then, in what was one of the most awkward "After the Final Rose" episodes in "Bachelor" history, the Venezuelan single father got into a heated exchange with host Chris Harrison after he refused to reveal the couple's future plans.

"I'm hoping at least, it was just an orchestrated event by him to, somehow and in some way, get back at me or the show. I don't know what his motivation was for what he pulled last night," Harrison told ABC News the next day. "That was the most puzzling thing."

But it was hardly the first time audiences have been left scratching their heads after the close of a "Bachelor" season. Remember these cringe-worthy moments from "After the Final Rose" and beyond?

PHOTO: Jason Mesnick,selects Melissa Rycroft to propose to on the season finale of "The Bachelor"
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Jason Mesnick Dumped Melissa Rycroft

Immediately after they got engaged on the season finale, Rycroft said she could sense something shift with Jason Mesnick. However, nothing could have prepared her for what came next: He dumped her on "After the Final Rose," saying he was still in love with the runner-up, Molly Malaney. Rycroft was devastated. "You chose Melissa, but you don't want to fight for Melissa," she said, speaking in the third person. "You put a ring on Melissa's finger, you told Melissa you loved her and wanted to spend the rest of your life with her but you don't want to fight to see if that could work because you're having doubts over someone else who you already said goodbye to." "I wish I could control what I was feeling," he replied. "And if I could control my heart and my head, in a second, I would do that." He later married Malaney and the two now have a daughter.

PHOTO: Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson from "The Bachelor"
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Ben Flajnick and Courtney Robertson Were on the Road to Splitting

Though Flajnick said during "After the Final Rose" that he and Robertson were "in a good place" and engaged, it was clear that the couple had been having trouble. In fact, he'd broken up with the model once after the media took aim at the couple between filming and "After the Final Rose." When Robertson, who appeared on the show without her engagement ring, said that she didn't trust Flajnick completely, he admitted he'd made a mistake. They ended the show happily, but wouldn't commit to a wedding date. It never came, and they broke up shortly thereafter.

PHOTO: From left, Brad Womack in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 27, 2011 and DeAnna Pappas in Santa Monica, Calif., Aug. 27, 2011.
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Brad Womack Broke Up with DeAnna Pappas (Again)

After Womack refused to choose Pappas or Jenni Croft, the former tearfully confronted him during "After the Final Rose." "I'm not asking for an apology, I'm asking for an explanation," she told him, according to a report. "I'm looking for some type of an understanding so that when I leave here today I still won't wake up tomorrow morning wondering what happened. I felt like you were the person I was supposed to be with." He then broke up with her again: "You deserve more than some guy that's going to stand up there and say, 'I'm in love with you' when I can't say that." She eventually married Stephen Stagliano and the two just welcomed their first child.

PHOTO: Emily Maynard talks to Brad Womack on "The Bachelorette," in Charlotte, N.C., March 20, 2012.
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Emily Maynard Seemed Cold to Brad Womack

Womack then tried again to find love on "The Bachelor," this time proposing to Emily Maynard. However, it was not meant to be, with Maynard complaining about Womack's temper during "After the Final Rose." "Going through it, everything was so real for me," she told Harrison. "Watching it, I'm trying to figure out what's reality TV and what's my reality. ... He said a couple times that he fell in love pretty early and I just felt [that] if he fell in love pretty early, then there should be some things that were saved for just me and I don't feel like, obviously the engagement, but other than that, I felt like a dime a dozen." The two postponed their wedding and then later split. Maynard is now engaged.

PHOTO: Rozlyn Papa gaze was not firmly cemented on "The Bachelor" season 14 star Jake Pavelka.
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Chris Harrison Confronted Rozlyn Papa

On "The Women Tell All" special in 2011, Chris Harrison confronted former contestant Rozlyn Papa, who was forced to leave the show early after she allegedly had an affair with former producer Ryan Callahan. Papa denied the allegation and lashed out at Harrison, who called Callahan a friend. "That's news to him, especially when you were hitting on his wife in New Zealand," she snapped. "He thought that was crazy." Harrison later called her comment, "a desperate attempt by a very desperate woman to create a diversion and deflect the spotlight from herself."

PHOTO: Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi confront each other on The Bachelorette, July 5, 2010.
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Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi Discuss Their Splits

Perhaps no moment was more painful to watch than the special dedicated to Pavelka's split from Girardi. She called him a "fame whore" and a "liar," and he accused her of cheating. She said he was acting unfairly jealous and he snapped at her to be quiet while he was speaking. Then they argued over who dumped who and traded insults for the better part of the show -- and viewers stayed riveted throughout.

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