Golden Bachelorette producers eyeing All My Children alum Susan Lucci, 77, to lead on spinoff because she’d be ‘perfect’

The Golden Bachelor producers have spoken about who they may want to lead the first-ever season of The Golden Bachelorette.

While no official leading lady has been announced yet, ABC has actress Susan Lucci, 77, at the top of its bill.

ABC producers believe All My Children star Susan Lucci would be the perfect choice for the first-ever Golden Bachelorette

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ABC producers believe All My Children star Susan Lucci would be the perfect choice for the first-ever Golden BacheloretteCredit: Getty
The soap star has many similarities to Golden Bachelor Gerry Turner after losing her longtime spouse in 2022

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The soap star has many similarities to Golden Bachelor Gerry Turner after losing her longtime spouse in 2022Credit: Getty

The soap opera star is best known for her role as Erica Kane on All My Children.

The network believes Susan would be the perfect candidate for the upcoming season, following Gerry Turner’s successful run as the first-ever Golden Bachelor last fall.

Susan’s past struggles directly correlate to those of Gerry’s, making her a solid candidate for finding love again in her “golden” years.

“ABC sees Lucci as the perfect candidate because of her age appropriateness and the widely known narrative about losing her longtime spouse,” a source told the National Enquirer, per Radar.

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They added, “Her personal journey is a compelling storyline that will resonate with audiences, making the widow’s quest for love heart-warming to watch.”

“Who doesn’t want to see Susan find love again?” the insider noted.

The actress lost her chef husband Helmut Huber in March 2022 after 53 years together.

They also welcomed two children together, Liza and Andreas Huber.

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Casting Susan would come as a shock to many in Bachelor Nation, as typically a contestant from the season prior is chosen to lead the following.

And, with fans falling in love with many of the women from Gerry’s season, many have given their opinions on who they want to see as the first-ever Golden Bachelorette.

Golden Bachelor fans are convinced Leslie Fhima will be announced as first Golden Bachelorette after spotting clues

It was reported in December, roughly one month after Gerry’s season had wrapped up, that ABC executives had begun searching for elderly male contestants for the next season.

Production for the Golden Bachelorette is set to begin “in the summer of 2024,” according to the casting website.

Fans were vocal about wanting Gerry’s runner-up, Leslie Fhima, 65, to take on the role.

Leslie had a heart-wrenching goodbye when Gerry broke up with her during the final episode, which aired on November 30, 2023.

Gerry proposed to Theresa Nist instead, a 70-year-old financial services professional from Shrewsbury, New Jersey.

The two tied the knot in early January, where Leslie was seen supporting the couple at their televised Golden Wedding event.

After it wasn’t announced that Leslie would be the next lead at the wedding, fans showed disappointment.

Taking to Reddit, one person wrote, “I really thought they were going to announce Leslie as the Golden Bachelorette last night! When will we get news on that? How long will we have to wait? so disappointing.”

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A second added, “I was so upset! i was hoping for a leslie moment.”

The network has reportedly started casting for The Golden Bachelorette and is set to start filming sometime this summer

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The network has reportedly started casting for The Golden Bachelorette and is set to start filming sometime this summerCredit: The Mega Agency
Last year's first-ever Golden Bachelor saw massive success as Gerry Turner proposed to and later married his winner Theresa Nist

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Last year’s first-ever Golden Bachelor saw massive success as Gerry Turner proposed to and later married his winner Theresa NistCredit: Disney
Many fans have been vocal about wanting Gerry's runner-up Leslie Fhima to be come the first Golden Bachelorette

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Many fans have been vocal about wanting Gerry’s runner-up Leslie Fhima to be come the first Golden BacheloretteCredit: Eric McCandless / Disney

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