ABC Has Announced the First Ever Golden Bachelorette

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And this rose goes to…

If you’re still bummed about Theresa Nist and Gerry Turner’s split, we have news that will give you some hope: ABC just announced who will be the first-ever Golden Bachelorette…and we can’t say we’re too surprised.

The network has revealed that the one who got away, Joan Vassos, will be handing out the roses during the first season of Golden Bachelorette. The announcement was made during Disney’s upfronts on Tuesday, where Vassos made an appearance.

Who is Joan Vassos, the new Golden Bachelorette?

Joan Vassos is a 61-year-old school administrator from Rockland, Maryland. She’s a mother of four and grandmother of two. We first met Joan as a contestant on The Golden Bachelor, where she competed for Gerry’s heart. The two of them had an instant connection that really took off after the talent show group date — but soon after Joan and Gerry’s charged one-on-one date, she chose to self-eliminate. That was because Joan’s daughter had recently given birth and was going through a hard time, and Joan chose to prioritize her role as a mother.

“Once you become a mom, you’re always a mom, even as your kids get older,” she’d said when she explained why she was leaving.

Now, Joan is getting her second chance at love: The Golden Bachelor‘s official Instagram account posted a Reel announcing she would be the lead of the upcoming series. It’s light on details, but the short video, depicting Joan in a sequined gold gown, tells us everything we need to know. She picks up the rose, spins, and says, “I’m Joan and I’m your first Golden Bachelorette.” That means it’s official!

When will Golden Bachelorette season 1 premiere?

The only downside of this exciting news is that fans are just going to have to wait a little longer to see the inaugural season of The Golden Bachelorette. We don’t have an exact premiere date, but we know it’ll begin airing this fall, on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.