The host of the Bachelor franchise, Jesse Palmer, is fully on board with the new star of their show, 72-year-old Gerry Turner. Initially skeptical of how a dating show starring an older individual would work, Palmer now thinks Turner is the perfect person for the role. Although the show features the same format of roses and date cards, Palmer was concerned about whether the older cast would face the same difficulties as younger contestants. However, now that filming has been completed, he believes viewers will be happy with the season.
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It turns out that the older contestants can bring just as much drama as their younger counterparts. However, their life experience and emotional maturity temper the drama. Palmer describes the older cast as having a different maturity level when it comes to deciphering problems and thinking about their situations. He finds them to be a very resilient group of people.
Turner, the Golden Bachelor, is looking for a second chance at love following the death of his high school sweetheart and wife of over 40 years in 2017. While Palmer will still serve as a mentor to Turner, his role will be slightly different than usual. He admits that there is no advice he can give Turner about love, relationships, or intimacy that Turner doesn’t already know.
As a man who was married for over four decades, Turner has a lot he could teach Palmer, especially now that Palmer and his wife are expecting a baby girl. Turner has two daughters and two granddaughters, so he has experience raising girls.
Palmer shares that the vibe of the show is very different with Turner as the star. There is an overarching theme of hope, and if things do not work out between Turner and one of the women, it is not seen as heartbreak but rather as an opportunity for growth and courage to continue searching for love. Palmer believes it is beautiful.
The Golden Bachelor premieres on September 28, and Palmer is looking forward to seeing if Turner finds his soulmate. E! News has the exclusive scoop on this season of the show.