ABC Reveals 1st Golden Bachelor Ahead of Senior Spinoff

Bachelor Nation is proving love is ageless with the debut season of The Golden Bachelor.

Gerry Turner, the first-ever senior lead, was formally launched on the Monday, July 17, episode of Good Morning America. “It feels wonderful and it’s nonetheless sinking in,” the 71-year-old stated of his casting, including that he’s on the lookout for a “high-energy” companion.

Whereas reflecting on his journey to actuality TV, Gerry joked his daughters “began screaming” when host Jesse Palmer known as him with the excellent news. He opened up additional about his previous marriage to his highschool sweetheart, Toni, who handed away in 2017.

“I’ve her image on a dresser in my closet. … For some time, it was like I used to be having a tough time determining if she could be OK [with me moving on],” he stated. “However we at all times instructed one another, when one among us goes we’d need the opposite one to be completely happy. She’s up there rooting [for me].”

Followers obtained their first glimpse of what to anticipate from the Bachelor and Bachelorette spinoff days prior. In a quick teaser, the franchise’s trademark pink rose turned a glittering gold colour.

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In Might, ABC lastly confirmed they have been prepared to inform “a complete new type of love story” after years of looking for out older contestants. “The ladies arriving on the mansion have a lifetime of expertise, dwelling by means of love, loss and laughter, hoping for a spark that ignites a future stuffed with limitless prospects. In the long run, will our Golden man flip the web page to begin a brand new chapter with the lady of his desires?” requested a press launch.

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The Golden Bachelor provides its fortunate hopefuls the possibility to search out “a companion with whom to share the sundown years of life,” the community added.

Casting adverts started airing throughout Peter Weber‘s season 24 of The Bachelor, which premiered in early 2020. Selection reported that summer time that filming for the newly developed sequence was delayed as a result of coronavirus pandemic, however producers have been nonetheless hopeful the challenge would come to fruition.

“It’s such a distinct means of doing The Bachelor as a result of these individuals are simply at a completely completely different place of their lives,” ABC’s Rob Mills instructed the outlet. “There’s an fascinating factor about individuals who have hit the opposite finish of the spectrum, who’ve lived their lives, they’ve raised their children, some have been widowed or divorced and possibly some have by no means been in love. We thought that may be an fascinating dynamic by means of the Bachelor prism.”

On the time, Mills hinted that the format could be acquainted to longtime Bachelor Nation followers — however with some refined modifications. “It’s all the things you’re keen on about The Bachelor, however all people loves senior residents as a result of they’ve completely different love tales to speak about,” he stated.

Curiosity in The Golden Bachelor grew even stronger in early 2022 throughout Clayton Echard‘s season 26. As a part of the evening one limo arrivals, an older contestant named Holly — then 63 — confirmed up on the Bachelor Mansion and instructed Clayton, “I’m right here for the opposite Bachelor, you already know, so I really feel like I’m within the incorrect place.”

The Golden Bachelor is about to kick off in September, airing Mondays after Dancing With the Stars. At the moment, followers are maintaining with Charity Lawson‘s journey on The Bachelorette‘s milestone twentieth season.

“I counsel everybody — in the event you don’t consider it, check it out for your self,” Charity completely instructed Us Weekly in June of falling in love with multiple contestant all through the method. “I don’t know when you may have the chance to be the Bachelorette or Bachelor, however attempt it in the actual world [and] you’ll discover out.”