The Golden Bachelor Winners Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist Split After 3 Months

Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist, winners of ABC's reality TV show The Golden Bachelor, have announced their divorce just three months after their televised wedding, citing differences in their living situations and a desire to be close to their families in Indiana and New Jersey. The couple's whirlwind romance and subsequent split have sparked controversy, but ABC has confirmed that the franchise will continue, with plans for a new spinoff, The Golden Bachelorette, set to air this fall." This description focuses on the primary topic of the article (the divorce of Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist), the main entities involved (the couple and ABC), the context of the reality TV show, and the significant actions and consequences of their split. It also provides objective and relevant details that will help an AI generate an accurate visual representation of the article's content, such as the setting of the TV show and the plans for the new spinoff.

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The Golden Bachelor Winners Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist Split After 3 Months

The Golden Bachelor Winners Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist Split After 3 Months

Gerry Turner, 72, and Theresa Nist, the winners of ABC's reality TV show The Golden Bachelor, have announced their divorce just three months after tying the knot in a televised wedding special. The couple, who never lived together, cited differences in their living situations and a desire to be close to their families in Indiana and New Jersey as the reason for the split.

In a joint interview on Good Morning America in April, Turner explained, "We've looked closely at our living situations and we've kind of come to the conclusion mutually that it's time for us to dissolve our marriage." He added, "The things that strike me the most in our conversations it's been how dedicated both of us are to our families. So, we look at these situations and I think we just feel like it's best for the happiness of each of us to live apart."

Nist revealed that the couple had considered various living arrangements but never reached a decision. "We looked at homes in South Carolina [and] we considered New Jersey. We just looked at home after home, but we never got to the point where we made that decision," she said.

Turner and Nist's whirlwind romance captivated viewers, with the season finale of The Golden Bachelor reaching 6.1 million viewers in November 2023, bringing in the highest Bachelor ratings in years. The couple wed two months later in a TV special that aired live on ABC. However, Turner filed the legal paperwork to end their marriage on the same day as the GMA interview announcing their split.

Despite the controversy, ABC TV Group President Craig Erwich has confirmed that The Golden Bachelor franchise is not going anywhere. Erwich believes that the show's values of finding love at a later age, heart, humor, and aspiration will continue to resonate with audiences. He also hinted at the possibility of creating "Golden" versions of other reality shows but emphasized that the themes of The Golden Bachelor will be the focus.

ABC has announced plans for The Golden Bachelorette, a female-led dating show spinoff set to air on Wednesdays this fall. The network revealed that the first Golden Bachelorette will be 61-year-old Joan Vassos, who left Gerry's season early to care for her daughter who had recently given birth. The show will feature 90-minute episodes, allowing for a more in-depth exploration of the characters and storylines.

Key Takeaways

  • Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist, winners of The Golden Bachelor, announce divorce after 3 months.
  • Couple cites differences in living situations and desire to be close to families as reason for split.
  • They never lived together and considered various living arrangements but didn't reach a decision.
  • ABC confirms The Golden Bachelor franchise will continue, with a new spinoff, The Golden Bachelorette, set to air this fall.
  • The Golden Bachelorette will feature 61-year-old Joan Vassos as the first lead and 90-minute episodes.