- The Golden Bachelor was a runaway success with viewers after its first season.
- Fans want to see The Golden Bachelorette happen with one of the ladies from The Golden Bachelor.
- The show's host thinks the idea is, well, golden.
ABC's The Bachelor has been around since 2002. The show has mainly focused on young singles finding love — until The Golden Bachelor premiered in September 2023. While the concept, which follows 72-year-old Gerry Turner's quest to couple up with the woman of his dreams, may have had its naysayers, the reality is that The Golden Bachelor drew in records viewers.
Viewers tuned in with devotion for the entire first season of The Bachelor spinoff. And now that the finale has come and gone, it's hard not to think about the future and another spinoff we could see. So, given the first season's success, is a Golden Bachelorette in the works? Here's what we know.
So, will there be a 'Golden Bachelorette'? Fans and Jesse Palmer have already decided how they feel about the idea.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Golden Bachelor pulled in big numbers when the season premiered in September 2023. The premiere attracted 9 million eyeballs, a quadrupled ratings among the coveted 18-49 age bracket.
Even before the finale of The Golden Bachelor, fans of the series were already wondering if we're going to get to see a Golden Bachelorette. And it makes sense, given the lovely ladies Gerry met along the way to choosing his final rose recipient, Theresa Nist.
Of course, if the show were to follow the format of The Bachelorette that came before it, we would likely see a woman who did not win Gerry's heart become the lead of the next season.
It turns out that viewers are already campaigning for The Golden Bachelorette to happen, and host Jesse Palmer is also of the mind that this spinoff has to happen. He talked to E! News about the prospect, and said, "I really hope that's the case."
Jesse also shared that "As the show goes on, you learn more about these women, what they've been through. I think there's going to be a swell in support of there being a Golden Bachelorette. That's my personal opinion."
"I can't speak on behalf of executives or anybody else, obviously," Jesse acknowledged, but added, "I'm sure everyone's waiting to see how this one goes first. But I know there are thousands of women across America deserving of that."
Across social media, names of contestants from Season 1 of the new iteration of the franchise are already being bantered about as potential stars for a debut season of The Golden Bachelorette. From Joan Vassos to April Kirkwood, the ladies from Gerry's season have fans in their corners. But what the network will decide is still anyone's guess. Then, of course, there's Leslie Fhima, who is Gerry's runner-up in the finale.
Could Leslie be 'The Golden Bachelorette' lead?
Right now, if The Golden Bachelorette happens, it makes the most sense for someone from Gerry's season to be chosen as the leading lady. And Leslie deserves a shot as much as anyone. Well, maybe even more so, since she made it to the final two.
Leslie is also a fan favorite and even deemed by some as "too cool" for Gerry. We wouldn't say no to a Golden Bachelorette season full of leather jacket-clad grandpas ready to woo her.
Either way, we'll be rooting for The Golden Bachelorette to get greenlit. If ratings are any prediction, our bet is on this new concept not going anywhere anytime soon.