TV Show ‘The Golden Bachelor’-You’re Never Too Old For Love

On Sept. 28, “The Golden Bachelor,” a new ABC spinoff of shows “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” will air, but this one has a twist. The contestants looking for love are between the ages of sixty and seventy-five. This season’s bachelor is seventy-two-year-old widower Gerry Turner, who will show the world that it’s never too late to find love. For all you Floridians, if you’re looking for someone to root for, two of the contestants are from South Florida. One is from Delray Beach in Palm Beach County, and one is from Port St. Lucie in St. Lucie County. 

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ABC officially announced that after a setback due to COVID, The Golden Bachelor is back with America’s most eligible silver fox to hand out roses. And, after an exhaustive search, the series’ first lead, Gerry Turner, was introduced this summer, with the seventy-two-year-old widower setting out to prove it’s never too late to find love again.

Gerry, who pronounces his name Gary, was married to his high school sweetheart, Toni, for 43 years before she passed away in 2017. Now Gerry is ready to find love again as The Golden Bachelor.

According to E Online;

The Golden Bachelor will follow the seventy-two-year-old Indiana resident as he embarks on his journey for a second chance at love six years after the death of his high school sweetheart and wife, Toni. The retired restauranteur has two daughters, Angie and Jenny, and two granddaughters, Charlee and Payton, and, according to ABC, he enjoys getting outside on a four-wheeler, hosting barbecues, and playing pickleball.

Twenty-two contestants will try to win Gerry’s heart, including some familiar faces for those who watch the show. One well-known is Patty James, the mother of The Bachelor season 25 star Matt James.

The women’s ages range from 60-75, and their professions include pro-aging coach and midlife speaker, wedding officiant, therapist, and fitness instructor.

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According to, Two of “The Golden Bachelor” contestants are from South Florida. 

Sixty-five-year-old April Kirkwood, originally from Youngstown, Ohio, lives in Port St. Lucie, Florida. She is a therapist and a writer and holds master’s degrees in school and community counseling from Youngstown State University.

In 2015, she released her memoir “Big Girls Do Cry,” chronicling growing up as a fan of The Four Seasons and beginning an on-again, off-again affair when she was sixteen years old, with then, gulp, thirty-nine-year-old Frankie Valli, according to The New York Post. When she is not spending time with her family, April is dancing to Taylor Swift, playing with her dogs, and watching “Bridgerton,” according to ABC. In addition to her adventurous time in the spotlight, April is a medium and psychic, according to her website 

Seventy-one-year-old Ellen Goltzer is a former New York teacher who has since retired to Delray Beach, Florida. She has two grown sons, whom she is close with. She plays pickleball, something she has in common with Gerry. Here’s hoping they show a Pickleball date on the show. She also plays golf and card games with her girlfriends, reads the newspaper, and watches television. She loves animals and had an adorable little puppy several years ago. 

Both women are pretty, and they seem exciting and fun. Those of you who want a Florida gal to win and may want something more to root for other than Palm Beach County vs. St. Lucie County may want to look to their politics. Kirkwood has been a registered NPA since 2008 and doesn’t appear politically involved. Goltzer, a former New Yorker, has only been registered to vote as an NPA in Delray Beach since February 2022 but has a lot of political posts on social media. A quick Google search comes up with three important things to her. She dreams of going on an African Safari, loves dancing despite her two left feet, and idolizes Michelle Obama. 

The Golden Bachelor premieres on ABC on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. ET.

Note: The original article had April Kirkwood as living in Martin County. She lives in St. Lucie County.

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