‘Golden Bachelor’: Who Got Proposed To, and What Are Fans Saying?

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The recently concluded season of ‘The Golden Bachelor’ saw Gerry Turner, the 72-year-old retired restaurateur from Hudson, Indiana, finally choose the winner (and his new fiancee) out of the remaining two contestants. Which of the 22 original competitors did Turner propose to? Read on below to find out.

What is The Golden Bachelor?

‘The Golden Bachelor’ is a spin-off of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor,’ which features a cast of senior citizens. The show started its first season in September of this year after several years of delays in filming due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A casting call was initially opened up in 2020, looking for men and women over age 65 to star in the show’s inaugural season.

Who did Gerry Turner Propose To?

In the final episode of the first season of ‘The Golden Bachelor,’ Gerry Turner proposed to 70-year-old Theresa Nist, a financial services professional from Shrewsbury, New Jersey.

Nist captivated audiences through the course of the show, although she may have rubbed a few of the other contestants the wrong way by expressing how good she felt her connection with Gerry was. She earned that subtle bragging, though, as she was the only one of the contestants to get a kiss from Gerry in the first episode. She also was the first contestant to get a one-on-one date with him.

What’s Next for Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist?

Gerry and Theresa aren’t wasting any time in making it to the wedding, and they’ve already set a date: January 4, 2024. Hopefully, ABC will assist them throughout their short two-month engagement so they can plan the wedding of their dreams. The wedding will be aired live on ABC as a special episode, titled “The Golden Wedding.”

Between Gerry and Theresa, the new couple has four children and eight grandchildren, so getting comfortable with the whole family will probably be one of their main focuses over the next few months.

What Does This Mean for Leslie Fhima?

The runner-up to Theresa Nist was 64-year-old Leslie Fhima, a fitness instructor from Golden Valley, Minnesota. Leslie was a fan favorite throughout the competition, and many fans were disappointed when she didn’t receive Turner’s proposal in the final episode.

Some fans have expressed that Leslie would be a perfect candidate for the first ‘Golden Bachelorette’ and that her vibrant personality makes her a great fit for the show and a joy for fans to watch.

Will There Be Another Season of ‘The Golden Bachelor’?

Will there even be a first ‘Golden Bachelorette’ or another season of ‘The Golden Bachelor’? ABC hasn’t yet announced a second season of the show, but based on this season’s reception it seems likely that it will be renewed for a second one.

‘The Golden Bachelor’ brought ABC the most-viewed debut episode for a season of ‘The Bachelor’ or related spin-offs since 2021, and the series finale brought in over six million viewers, the most of any episode of the franchise in three years.