We Now Know Who 'The Golden Bachelor' Star Gerry Turner Ends up With After the Finale

At the end of Season 1 of 'The Golden Bachelor', Gerry Turner was left to choose between Theresa Nist and Leslie Fhima.

Allison DeGrushe - Author

Apr. 8 2024, Updated 4:37 p.m. ET

Gerry Turner is the first 'Golden Bachelor.'
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Spoiler alert: This article contains major spoilers for Season 1 of The Golden Bachelor.

After three years, ABC finally found its Golden Bachelor. The golden-era bachelor in question is Gerry Turner, a 72-year-old retired restauranteur from Indiana. Gerry is a devoted father and grandfather who married his high school sweetheart, Toni, in 1974. The couple was together for 43 years before Toni fell ill and passed away in 2017.

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Now, six years after Toni's passing and with the full support of his family, Gerry is ready to put himself out there and find love again. With 22 women vying for his heart, who does The Golden Bachelor pick at the end of his journey? Read on to find out because after the season finale of the inaugural season, we have all of the details.

The full cast of 'The Golden Bachelor' Season 1
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Who did 'The Golden Bachelor' pick?

Back in the dog days of August (Aug. 30, 2023 to be exact!), Reality Steve spilled the tea that our finalists for The Golden Bachelor were none other than Theresa Nist and Leslie Fhima. The final rose ceremony unfolded in Costa Rica on the enchanting Thursday, Aug. 31.

Back then, even the pop culture whisperer, Reality Steve was in the dark about Gerry's final decision on The Golden Bachelor. But fear not, folks, as the moment we've all been waiting for has finally descended upon us! The finale came and went and we know who Gerry picks on The Golden Bachelor.

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Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist share a kiss during 'The Golden Bachelor.'
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Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist are the first-ever 'Golden Bachelor' couple!

Despite a rocky Fantasy Suite date, it seems Gerry and Theresa deeply fell in love with each other and forged an unbreakable bond. Because in the finale, Gerry gets down on one knee for her and he proposes. Theresa, who was smitten with Gerry from day one, immediately says yes, and they ride off into the golden sunset together.

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Gerry Turner didn't think he would fall in love with multiple women.

Ahead of the series premiere, Gerry spoke with Us Weekly and said that he didn't expect to fall in love with multiple contestants.

"I thought, 'No, that's absolutely not possible. That's silly.' How wrong I was," Gerry told the outlet. "Because through the course of the journey, I really felt strong feelings for several of the women."

Gerry Turner is the inaugural 'Golden Bachelor.'
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He quickly realized that he wasn't fully "in love" with several of the ladies.

"In retrospect, I realized that in that particular moment, whenever it was — the setting was such that, 'Yeah, it was easy to look at someone and tell 'em that you loved 'em. But once you get through it all and you look back, then you realize that there is just really one person that really meets the standard in all situations that you want it to be."

In the end, however, just one woman got his final rose.

Although there was only one lucky winner on The Golden Bachelor, some might consider Susan Noles and Kathy Swarts as such. After the show, the women not only remained friends, but started a podcast called the Bachelor Happy Hour: Golden Hour. So, while you wait for ABC to give Season 2 of The Golden Bachelor the green light, you can catch up with Susan and Kathy as they deliver a "solid gold podcast about love in every season of life," as stated in the podcast summary on iHeartRadio.

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