By now, Joe Millionaire: For Richer or Poorer fans know it's nothing like The Bachelor, but that hasn't stopped viewers from comparing the two.
And to be fair, Joe Millionaire does feature eligible male leads and more than a dozen women vying for their love, much like The Bachelor. The few similarities between the two shows had people wondering if there would be an engagement at the end of Joe Millionaire.
Distractify spoke exclusively with Kurt Sowers and Steven McBee, who shared the leading role in Season 1 of Joe Millionaire: For Richer or Poorer. The men opened up about finding love, kissing a ton of women, and what happened at the end of the season — or, more accurately, whether or not a proposal was the endgame of the Joe Millionaire reboot.
Did Kurt or Steven get engaged on 'Joe Millionaire: For Richer or Poorer'?
The series premiere of the reboot promised that Steven and Kurt would meet nearly two dozen women with the hope of falling in love for a reason other than money. Steven is the multimillionaire, while Kurt is not.
Though to be fair, both men run their own companies, and Kurt isn't exactly hurting for money. But an ongoing theme among the women was figuring out which "Joe" is the millionaire and which one isn't.
Our trusty host and house butler Martin Andrew didn't tease a proposal for the end of the season, but since The Bachelor typically ends with one, we asked Kurt and Steven if they come close to considering proposing to any of the women themselves. There was plenty of emotional tug-of-war among the women with the guys.
"Yeah, you know, for both of us, we develop pretty deep feelings for these women," Steven told Distractify. "And I can tell you, going into it, there was absolutely zero chance of us ever thinking about a proposal, but you know, things change. So it'll be interesting to watch how it plays out."
Kurt added, "Tune in to find out."
After the finale aired on March 10, 2022, viewers saw the men gift their final women, Amanda Pace and Calah Jackson, promise rings. With the rings, the guys promised to try and make their respective relationships work out in the real world. So no, Steven and Kurt didn't get engaged on Joe Millionaire. But they did find love.
'Joe Millionaire' fans wanted to know if there has to be a marriage proposal.
Unlike The Bachelor, it wasn't expected that either "Joe" would propose to someone at the end of Joe Millionaire: For Richer or Poorer. Even if Steven or Kurt considered a proposal, it didn't mean that either man actually had to get down on one knee and go through with it on camera.
Instead, both men ended the season ready to try and make their new relationships work off-camera.
In a separate exclusive interview with Distractify, Kurt did reveal that he and Amanda split up following the finale. And while that's hard to hear for some Joe Millionaire fans, the two of them did give their relationship a chance.
The issue was making things work outside of what Kurt called the reality TV "bubble." But after trying to get together for a few dates, sans cameras, you can't say they didn't try.