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Joan Vassos named as the first ‘Golden Bachelorette’

Joan Vassos is getting another shot at love as she has been announced as the first “Golden Bachelorette.”

ABC revealed the news via an Instagram Reel Tuesday evening which showed Vassos picking up a golden rose in a shimmering gold dress.

“I’m Joan, and I’m your first ‘Golden Bachelorette,’” she confidently said in the clip. 

Joan Vassos is the first “Golden Bachelorette.”

ABC announced the news on social media Tuesday night.

Vassos said she is “honored” to lead the first season of “The Golden Bachelorette.”

Vassos also shared the video on her Instagram Story, writing “The secret is out! I’m honored to be #TheGoldenBachelorette!”

She also commented on how she was “so excited for this journey ????????✨.”

The 61-year-old was first introduced to Bachelor Nation as a contestant vying for Gerry Turner’s heart on the first season of “The Golden Bachelor.”

The pair bonded over the mutual loss of their spouses. Turner’s wife died in 2017 from a bacterial infection, while Vassos lost her husband of 32 years to pancreatic cancer in 2021.

The school administrator appeared on the first season of “The Golden Bachelor.” ABC via Getty Images

She hit it off with Gerry Turner but left during the show’s third week to take care of her daughter. ABC via Getty Images

However, after just three weeks, she abandoned the competition to be with her daughter, who had just given birth and was suffering from postpartum depression.

“My family will always be first,” she told Turner, 72, before departing the show. “Once you become a mom, you’re always a mom even when your kids are older. Nothing is more important.”

She later told the Wrap that she had planned to return to the show less than a week later, but her daughter needed more help.

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Vassos is a mother of four and has two grandchildren. ABC via Getty Images

She hopes to find a man who will fit right into her life. ABC

Vassos, a private school administrator from Maryland, has a total of four children and two grandchildren.

Turner went on to marry contestant Theresa Nist during a televised wedding in January. However, three months later, they announced their divorce.

“The Golden Bachelorette” will debut this fall on ABC and will air on Wednesdays. The episodes can be streamed on Hulu the following day.

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