Golden Bachelor Gerry Turner Says Red Flags Aren’t Always a Bad Thing: ‘Trying to Stay Open-Minded’ (Exclusive)


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Golden BachelorGerry Turner is making an attempt his greatest to flow as he dips a toe again into the courting pool.

Talking to PEOPLE throughout a set go to for the present’s first group date, the 72-year-old opens up concerning the qualities he is on the lookout for in a associate and why he does not essentially assume “crimson flags” are all the time a foul factor.

“I am making an attempt actually exhausting to remain open-minded,” the Golden Bachelor star shares. “As a result of one thing could appear like a crimson flag on its floor, however if you discover it slightly bit additional, you may discover that it isn’t an issue in any respect.”

THE GOLDEN BACHELOR - ABC stars Gerry Turner

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Turner clarifies that there are some things that might be a no-go for him in a associate. For example, he says he “wouldn’t date a smoker.” He additionally provides that he could be hesitant a couple of “critical geographical impediment” — however he is undecided even that might be a dealbreaker.

In sharp distinction, when requested about a very powerful qualities he seeks in a associate, the Indiana native is fast to checklist many inexperienced flags.

“There’s many issues which can be useful to me,” he says. “I believe humorousness ranks very excessive, and if that humorousness extends to the place they will snigger at themselves, that is even higher. And I believe I have to see robust household values, one thing that is much like my very own.”

Gerry Turner with daughters Jenny and Angie and granddaughters Payton and Charlie.

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The Golden Bachelor welcomed two daughters, Jenny and Angie — who at the moment are of their 40s — together with his late spouse, Toni. The highschool sweethearts have been married for 43 years till Toni all of a sudden died of an sickness in 2017.

“Compatibility to me signifies that if I am doing one thing that perhaps my associate does not one hundred pc be ok with, that she is aware of the best way to carry me down and put me on the correct path,” he explains, “and that I can do the identical for her.”

Turner was introduced in July because the star of ABC’s newest Bachelor spinoff. The sequence follows retired restaurateur as he dates 22 senior girls — together with Bachelor alum Matt James‘ mother Patty — in hopes of discovering his match.

Golden Bachelor Gerry Turner.

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In a preview clip that aired throughout The Bachelorette: Males Inform All in August, the fact star opened as much as host Jesse Palmer, 44, about how he needs to “fall in love” and discover “my particular person” to spend his golden years with.

“I hope on the finish of it, I discover the person who I will spend the remainder of my life with that may full our household,” he stated on the time. “The one who can lay down beside you at evening, not must say something and you are feeling it.”

“That’s love,” he continued. “That’s what I need and I do know that particular person’s on the market.”

The Golden Bachelor airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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