He may not be as spry as the ex-pro athletes in their twenties who usually hand out the roses, but Gerry Turner is already a hit with Bachelor education fans!
ABC announced today that the 71-year-old widower will star in the first season of its much-anticipated dating show for senior singles!
Producers first teased the idea of The golden bachelor back in 2020, but now the show has a title, a star, and a rough premiere date!
Turner was introduced to Bachelor Nation on Monday Good morning Americaand he is already very warmly welcomed!
Gerry was married to his high school sweetheart for 43 years, but she passed away in 2017, just six weeks after she retired.
So this story has a sad beginning, but we can end with a very happy ending!
“A retired restaurateur and loving father and grandfather, Gerry [GAIR-ee] Turner lives in his dream home on a beautiful lake in Indiana,” reads Gerry’s official ABC bio.
(So we think we’ll just go ahead and nickname him Gary Indiana!)
“He is often busy hosting barbecues, playing pickleball, cheering on his favorite Chicago sports teams, riding four wheels, and spending time with friends and family at restaurants and local haunts,” the bio continues .
“He places his thirst traps in a leather-bound album. His DMs are postage paid,” says the voiceover in Gerry’s first trailer, a parody of the popular Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man Alive” ads.
He doesn’t have gray hair, he has wisdom highlights. Florida wants to retire and move to him,” the ad continues.
“I had a hard time figuring out if she would be okay [with me doing the show]Turner told GMA this morning.
“But we’ve always told each other that if one of us leaves, we want the other to be happy. She’s rooting in there,” Gerry continued, adding:
“It’s never too late to fall in love again.”
Gerry is a father of two and a grandfather of two, and he says his family fully supports his decision to look for love in front of an audience of millions.
Bachelor education viewership has been declining for years, and ABC executives are likely hoping that this new twist will revive interest in the former ratings.
Nothing is yet known about the women who will compete for Gerry’s heart, but an ABC press release assures viewers that they will have “a lifetime of experience, living through love, loss and laughter, hoping for a spark that will spark a future full of endless possibilities.” .”
For his part, Gerry says he’s looking for an energetic partner who enjoys pickleball and golf.
It’s sure to be an interesting experiment – and like the rest of Bachelor Nation, we hope Gerry finds the second great love story of his life!
The golden bachelor premieres this fall on ABC!
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