71-Year-Old Gerry Turner Steals Hearts on “The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All”
In a heartwarming episode of “The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All,” the world was introduced to the upcoming star of the first-ever “Golden Bachelor,” Gerry Turner. Turner’s emotional backstory left both the studio audience and viewers at home in awe.
Before appearing onstage, a moving video package showcased Turner’s life. He spoke of his 43-year-long marriage to his high school sweetheart, Toni, and their two daughters and two granddaughters. However, tragedy struck when Toni fell ill with a bacterial infection shortly after they purchased their dream home. Turner became emotional as he discussed Toni’s passing, causing tears to well up from the studio audience.
The video package also revealed that Turner had successfully passed the show’s STD and drug tests, bringing laughter to the room. When questioned about his ideal partner or celebrity crush, Turner jokingly mentioned Helen Mirren, saying, “Best case scenario is that I find out Helen Mirren’s on the market, and she’s really happy to be on The Golden Bachelor.”
As Turner finally took the stage, he received a warm welcome from the audience and this season’s Bachelorette suitors. He described his life as a “whirlwind” since being announced as the Golden Bachelor and admitted his lack of knowledge about trending topics such as “grandzaddy.”
When asked about the potential of fantasy suites in his season, Turner responded positively but noted that the situation should be comfortable and require several steps before reaching that point.
Given his successful 43-year-long marriage, Turner was asked for advice on achieving a long-lasting partnership. He emphasized the importance of expressing love every day and cherishing each moment with one’s spouse.
Reflecting on his past relationship with Toni, Turner expressed that he is looking for a different dynamic this time around. He believes that at the age of 70, his expectations and desires have shifted, and he is eager to find a new person who will make him whole again.
Turner’s story and heartfelt answers quickly endeared him to everyone in the room, and viewers took to social media to sing his praises. The Bachelorette suitors, who had been sent home before the upcoming finale, also showed their support for Turner.
As the Golden Bachelor bid farewell, he received last-minute advice from the suitors, including embracing the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and staying true to himself. Amidst the guidance, they reminded him that being called “grandzaddy” on social media is a compliment.
“The Golden Bachelor” is set to premiere this fall, while “The Bachelorette” Season 20 finale will air on Monday, August 21st at 8 p.m. on ABC.