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‘Golden Bachelor’ Gerry Turner and fiancée address bombshell claims from his ex: ‘Just enough truth’

Gerry Turner might have found his happily ever after on the “Golden Bachelor,” but not before having his engagement to contestant Theresa Nist cast in a not-so-rosy light. 

On Wednesday, the day before the highly anticipated finale, The Hollywood Reporter highlighted inconsistencies in Turner’s portrayal on the reality show, predominately about his employment history and dating life.

Turner, 72, is now addressing many of the unfavorable allegations made against him, mostly by a woman claiming to be his ex-girlfriend. He says there is “just enough truth” in the article to make it elicit the negative reaction it has


Gerry Turnerin a grey suit and white shirt sits on a couch inset a photo of Gerry in a turquoise shirt has his arm wrapped around Theresa in brown

Gerry Turner, the star of “The Golden Bachelor,” wanted to relish his engagement with Theresa Nist rather than discuss claims made by his ex “Carolyn” in The Hollywood Reporter. (Getty Images)

“The comments about what I did later in life, with you know, hot tubs…some of the mentally challenged things – I did those after I retired,” Turner told Katie Couric. “I retired at 55 and didn’t want to do anything. And so I was very happy kind of giving back to the community, doing something that was worth something to other people.” 

A product of “The Bachelor” franchise, the “Golden Bachelor” was the first season to feature senior contestants, with Turner being the lead. Described as a retired restaurateur, THR noticed discrepancies on Turner’s LinkedIn profile, including hot tub installment and maintenance work at a health center in the Davenport area.


Theresa Nist in a white dress holds onto fiancé Gerry Turner in a blue blazer and blue tie on "After the Final Rose"

Theresa Nist and Gerry Turner appear as an engaged couple on the “Golden Bachelor’s” live aftershow. (John Fleenor/Disney via Getty Images)

“I really didn’t work as a handyman for the money. I did it because I knew I was doing something good for people who needed help,” Turner continued. “That’s kind of the funny part of that article. There’s just enough truth in it, but the reality is, it’s not of concern to me now. I have so many positives that I have to think about that I haven’t given that article a whole lot of thought,” he told Couric. He gave similar sentiments to The New York Times, saying he had only given THR article a “cursory look.”

“I guess I haven’t really looked at it as how accurate it is,” he told the outlet. “I’ve more looked at it in terms of timing, and how it really doesn’t fit with all of the positive things that are going on in my life right now,” he said. “I mean, I’m sitting across from Theresa right now, and I look at her and she’s the love of my life. And I really don’t have time to think about some of the other stuff,” he added.

That’s kind of the funny part of that article. There’s just enough truth in it, but the reality is, it’s not of concern to me now.

— Gerry Turner

Theresa in a gold dress gives Gerry in a tuxedo a kiss on the "Golden Bachelor" while sitting on a bench

Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist share a kiss on the series premiere of the “Golden Bachelor.” (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)

In a separate interview given to the Los Angeles Times, Turner said more of the same. “My only response is that I have so many positive things in my life right now. I have the wonderful love of Theresa, my partner. I don’t have time to reflect on comments like this. I’m happy to look forward.”

In their conversation with Couric, Turner and Nist were grilled about statements made by Turner’s ex, given the pseudonym Carolyn for privacy reasons. Carolyn said she and Turner’s relationship started only three months after his wife Toni passed away. She moved into his Indiana home after 10 months together and the relationship lasted for nearly three years.

Gerry Turner is hugged by his two granddaughters and daughters in a family photo

Gerry Turner is surrounded by the leading ladies in his life – his two daughters and granddaughters – in a promotional picture for the first season of the “Golden Bachelor.” (Brian Bowen Smith/ ABC via Getty Images)

“It really didn’t,” Turner told Couric. “I wanna focus on what’s going on now. The important thing for me is where I’m at today. And looking back on those things, to me, is no benefit,” he emphasized. Turner did clarify that he had in fact dated a number of women,” just like “any guy.” 

“It becomes an issue of how do you define if you’re in a relationship or not,” he told Couric.

Gerry Turner smiles in a tuxedo outside the "Bachelor" mansion

Gerry Turner, 72, disputed allegations made by a woman claiming to be his ex. (Craig Sjodin/ABC/Getty Images)


Carolyn went on to make several other egregious allegations against Turner, including that he had made unflattering comments about her weight. Packing for a high school reunion in October 2019, Turner told Carolyn, “I’m not taking you to the reunion looking like that.” She had gained 10 pounds due to stress. 

That was reportedly the catalyst for their breakup, with Turner telling Carolyn she had to be out of their home at the beginning of the year in 2020. Carolyn said that while she was packing, she fell down the stairs and required a trip to the hospital. When Turner returned home, he accused her of fabricating the fall in an effort to prolong her stay. Refusing to let her stay, Carolyn was forced to go to a hotel.

Gerry Turner gets on one knee to propose to Theresa Nist in Costa Rica

Gerry Turner proposed to Theresa Nist in Costa Rica on the season finale of the “Golden Bachelor.” (ABC)


Nist told Couric that she was not discouraged by the information she read about her new fiancé in THR article. “He’s discussed his past with me,” she said. “I completely trust Gerry and we really know each other.”

Turner says some of the backlash he’s received has been fuel. “The most fun I’ve had has been reading some of the negative conversations and negative comments,” he told Couric. “All the way from me being a recovering alcoholic to having had [a] spray tan, to having my ears pinned back, which I think is really a funny one,” he said of rumors he’s faced thus far. “So this falls in that category. People are going to have their opinions and there’s no way to change those. What I know is to be true and what [Theresa and I] had discussed is really the only important part to me.”

A representative for ABC did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. 

Fox News Digital’s Tracy Wright contributed to this report.

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