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 mentioned of his casting, including that he’s on the lookout for a “high-energy” companion.
Whereas reflecting on his journey to reality TV, Gerry joked his daughters “began screaming” when host Jesse Palmer referred to 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 can be OK [with me moving on],” he mentioned. “However we all the time instructed one another, when considered one of us goes we’d need the opposite one to be completely satisfied. She’s up there rooting [for me].”
Followers received their first glimpse of what to anticipate from the Bachelor and Bachelorette spinoff days prior. In a short teaser, the franchise’s trademark purple rose turned a glittering gold coloration.
In Could, ABC finally confirmed they have been prepared to inform “a complete new form of love story” after years of looking for out older contestants. “The ladies arriving on the mansion have a lifetime of expertise, residing by love, loss and laughter, hoping for a spark that ignites a future stuffed with limitless potentialities. Ultimately, will our Golden man flip the web page to start out a brand new chapter with the girl of his desires?” requested a press launch.
The Golden Bachelor provides its fortunate hopefuls the prospect to seek out “a companion with whom to share the sundown years of life,” the community added.
Casting advertisements 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 series was delayed as a result of coronavirus pandemic, however producers have been nonetheless hopeful the venture would come to fruition.
“It’s such a distinct manner of doing The Bachelor as a result of these persons are simply at a very 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 youngsters, some have been widowed or divorced and perhaps some have by no means been in love. We thought that may be an fascinating dynamic by the Bachelor prism.”
On the time, Mills hinted that the format would be familiar to longtime Bachelor Nation followers — however with some refined modifications. “It’s every thing you’re keen on about The Bachelor, however everyone loves senior residents as a result of they’ve completely different love tales to speak about,” he mentioned.
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 realize, so I really feel like I’m within the mistaken place.”
The Golden Bachelor is ready to kick off in September, airing Mondays after Dancing With the Stars. Presently, followers are maintaining with Charity Lawson‘s journey on The Bachelorette‘s milestone 20th season.
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“I counsel everybody — if you happen to don’t consider it, check it out for your self,” Charity completely instructed Us Weekly in June of falling in love with a couple of 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.”