‘The Golden Bachelor’ star Gerry Turner’s finale breakdown is “as raw as it gets”

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The Golden Bachelor host Jesse Palmer has teased how Gerry Turner’s emotional breakdown after his split from either Leslie Fhima or Theresa Nist is going to be completely “raw” and devastating.

The Golden Bachelor is set to air its live two-hour finale, including the After the Final Rose special, on Thursday, November 30.

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And Jesse shared with Us Weekly how viewers are finally going to see Gerry doing “the impossible task,” which were Gerry’s own words, of picking his winning bachelorette.

If Gerry’s tear-filled reunion with Faith Martin on The Golden Bachelor: The Women Tell was any “indicator” of what After the Final Rose is going to be like, Jesse teased, “I think this will be the most emotional AFR that the franchise has ever seen. I really believe it.”

In a preview of the finale, Gerry cries to Jesse about how he just broke a wonderful woman’s heart. He can then be heard lamenting about how he hadn’t felt that much pain and sadness since his wife, Toni, died in 2017.

“It was just a moment where I think Gerry just needed someone to talk to, and he needed to vent and talk about his feelings,” Jesse said in his Monday, November 20 interview.

Jesse apparently struggled to find the right words for Gerry given he was so torn up in that moment.

“For me, the only advice in those situations is just trying to reassure him that it’s all going to be worth it and that there’s an amazing woman that he gets to spend the rest of his life with on the other side of all of that,” Jesse explained.

“But that was about as intense, as real and as raw as it gets.”

Jesse went as far as to say that breakup conversation “was probably the most raw moment that I think I’ve been a part of since hosting the franchise.”

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Jesse began hosting The Bachelor franchise in 2021, long after starring on The Bachelor’s fifth season in 2004.

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Jesse suggested that Gerry’s final choice was especially excruciating because Gerry had truly invested himself in each relationship and was able to compartmentalize his feelings for both Leslie and Theresa.

And in the end, Gerry fell in love with both women, who were, in turn, absolutely crazy about The Golden Bachelor star.

“Gerry’s a guy that wears his heart on his sleeve… He’s very present in those moments, and I think Gerry can be a little bit impulsive at times,” Jesse admitted to Us of maybe giving both of his Final 2 bachelorettes a little too much reassurance in those final days in Costa Rica.

“But he’s the guy that knows what he wants, and I think he was feeling a lot of things and experiencing a lot of things throughout this season for the very first time.”

Jesse pointed out how it’s hard to relate to a Bachelor or Bachelorette star unless you’re in his or her shoes.

“I think navigating this part of the journey was something that I don’t think he or anybody can really prepare for when you find yourself in these moments,” Jesse reasoned.

And Jesse noted how Gerry had fallen in love with multiple women “in different ways.”

The former The Bachelor star explained, “Throughout the course of the season, [the goodbyes are] easily the most difficult part. And I think it usually is for most leads, but I think people are really going to see an emotional goodbye come the finale that they just haven’t seen yet. It’s pretty intense.”

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But before Gerry makes his choice at the Final Rose Ceremony, Theresa and Leslie will meet his adult daughters, Jenny Young and Angie Warner, whom he loves “more than anything in the world,” according to Jesse.

Jesse teased of the family meet and greets, “It’s kind of an interesting dynamic. Normally, it’s a Bachelor [or] Bachelorette meeting his parents and giving him advice. But Gerry has daughters who are adults and have their own families.”

Jesse insisted that Gerry really respected his daughters’ opinions, adding, “They know him better than anyone.”

Jesse continued, “And I know he leans on them for advice and support throughout the whole thing. But it was very important for him obviously to have them meet the two women and give their feedback. And I know Gerry was very appreciative of it.”

At the end of The Golden Bachelor’s Fantasy Suites episode, Gerry revealed he had made his mind up about whether Leslie or Theresa was going to be the woman for him — the person with whom to spend the rest of his life.

“Life with Leslie would be a very exciting life. She’s adventurous. She looks out for me, and I look out for her. But Theresa and I have this bond. We know what the other person is feeling. We know what they’ve been through,” Gerry told the cameras.

Click here to read spoilers for the ending of Gerry’s The Golden Bachelor season.

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Elizabeth Kwiatkowski

Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.

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