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‘Who would have thought’: 55-year-old Long Island mom finds love on ‘Five Guys a Week’

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Joyce McNally found love on a reality dating series, which isn’t so unusual in today’s world, except for one thing — the divorced Long Island mom happens to be over the age of 50.

“Our age group is not one that you typically see — I had tremendous hesitation about participating,” McNally, 55, told The Post of her experience on Lifetime’s “Five Guys a Week,” airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m..

A single woman in McNally’s age bracket might not make for typical TV dating fodder, but the mom of one is far from alone — according to a Pew Research study released in 2020, nearly 30 percent of women and men between 50-64 are single.

McNally got married at 20, and divorced at 40. She’s been single for 15 years. Now, the president of a home healthcare organization is readying for her closeup in the August 3rd episode of “Five Guys,” where she welcomes five men into her home for a week, selecting a favorite at the end. Not exactly groundbreaking stuff, except unlike “The Bachelor” or “Love Island,” McNally is not in her 20s or 30s, and neither are the men trying to impress her.

Long Island mom Joyce McNally, 55, gets to know her suitors on Lifetime dating show “Five Guys a Week.”
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McNally’s suitors on “Five Guys” include Ahrre, 62, a coffee magnate; Kevon, 62, a granddad with a dragon tattoo; Steve, 45, a teacher/model; Ron, 51, a stock trader; and Bryant, 42, a gym owner. It’s a departure for the show to date, which has typically featured more traditionally aged leading ladies and hopeful men.

This is also something of game-changer for the reality dating show genre, which only rarely dabbles in mature matchups; today’s TV landscape is littered with shows such as “Love is Blind,” “The Ultimatum,” and “FBoy Island,” where everyone appears to be well under the age of 35. McNally thinks that’s a shame.

“There are many folks in their 40s, 50s, 60s, that are divorced or not married and could relate to the experience,” she said. And even though she had her hesitations — “I’m not the thinnest!” — it’s an experience she welcomed, and one she hoped others in her situation might find relatable.

Joyce McNally on Lifetime's "Five Guys a Week."
After being single for 15 years, career gal Joyce McNally jumped at the chance to try a new way of dating.
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She was a little worried about the reaction from the people that know her best, but turns out she needn’t have been.

“Most of my friends and family were really supportive. They know I’m not that terrific at dating,” McNally admitted. “My son is 25, he was supportive of the process but wished it wasn’t so public. I don’t think anyone wants to see their mom kissing anyone on the television screen!”

McNally says that she turned to television after years of looking for love every other way.

“I’m a career gal,” she admitted. “I do a lot of traveling. I tried the dating sites for a little while, but when you’re on those, it really is a full-time job. It’s challenging with my schedule. It hasn’t lent itself to finding the right person. When this opportunity came up, I was excited.”

The cast of Five Guys a Week Episode 4 dining outdoors in a plastic bubble shelter.
The show features the usual activities and challenges, but with a twist — not all the contestants are under the age of 35.
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McNally noted that on standard first dates, everyone “brings their A-game,” so it can take a few months to get beneath the surface. 

On the show, she has the men bunk down on air mattresses in her spare rooms, with two guys per room, sharing close quarters.

“Moving into my home and living with me for a week, everyone let their guards down,” she said. It was, at times, chaotic — but also a lot of fun.

She also thinks that her age might have worked in her favor. 

“I think life experience is an advantage,” she said. “You learn what you’re looking for.”

Ultimately, McNally did find her Mr. Right, but details are under lock and key in advance of the episode’s airdate. Fortunately, her match lives locally, which will allow the hopeful twosome to finally spend some alone time together.

Joyce McNally, 55
At the end of the episode, McNally paired off with a man who also lives in the New York area; the two are currently dating.
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“It’s such an easy relationship,” she said of her mystery man. “We’re not like ‘The Bachelor’ where we’re running to the courthouse to get married, but the relationship is continuing to blossom.”

“I never would have expected such an outcome,” McNally admits. “At my age, who would have thought?” 

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Family Photo! JJ Watt Shares Snap With 1-Month-Old Son Koa and Wife Kealia

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Their first Thanksgiving as a family of three! Arizona Cardinals defensive end JJ Watt shared a photo of his 1-month-old baby with Chicago Red Stars player Kealia Ohai Watt as they celebrated.

“More to be thankful for than ever,” the NFL star, 33, wrote via Instagram on Thursday, November 24. “Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!”

The photo showed JJ holding baby Koa, who was wrapped in a blue blanket that matched his dad’s Nike sneakers. The football player was comfortable in a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans while his wife, 30, donned black cargo pants with a white tank top. Both were smiling at their little one for the snap. Kealia replied with two red hearts.

The duo welcomed Koa one month ago. “Love and happiness have reached heights we never even knew existed. Koa James Watt 10.23.22,” the spouses, who married in February 2020, wrote in a joint Instagram post on October 25, alongside a sweet shot of the couple cradling their newborn in the hospital.

On November 11, Watt was asked how little Koa felt about a decision by referee Clete Blakeman mistakenly blew dead a play in which Watt was about to walk into the endzone. Watt joked that his son was livid.

“He was watching so he saw it. He was pissed. He was pretty pissed. It took us a while to get him to bed. We had to calm him down because he wanted to call Clete himself. And I told him, ‘Son, your day will come,’” he joked with reporters ahead of Week 11.

He also spoke about appearing on HBO’s Hard Knocks with Kealia and Koa, joking that their dogs were the real stars. “Any time that I can share the screen with my wife and my son and our dogs, I have to — my wife and I are unbelievably proud of our dogs. They knew the pressure was on and they stepped up to the plate in a way that I’ve never seen,” he quipped. “Our dogs don’t act like that on any walk we’ve ever been on and they were phenomenal. We need Hard Knocks cameras 24/7 when we go on walks because our dogs really crushed it. Tex and Finn — they rise to the occasion.”

JJ and Kealia announced in June that a human would be joining their fur babies, sharing that they “could not be more excited” to be expecting in the fall. They didn’t have a sex reveal but casually dropped that they were having a son in passing. It was so nonchalant that fans wondered if JJ made a mistake. One asked if he accidentally let the news slip, to which he replied, “We didn’t do a gender reveal, we just found out and then told people when they asked.”

The new dad always puts family first, and he’s instilling that in the next generation of the family. JJ has already been putting Koa on FaceTime with cousins Logan, 2, and Brayden, 23 months — who Derek shares with wife Gabriella Watt — he revealed in a birthday tribute to the Pittsburgh Steelers player earlier this month.

“All the football games in the yard when we were kids, the mini hockey battles in the basement, etc. Now we’re FaceTiming each other so our kids can see each other. (Still playing football though!) Crazy! Happy Birthday bro!!” JJ wrote via Instagram on November 7.

The Watt family has had a lot to celebrate in 2022. The athletes’ youngest brother, TJ Watt, tied the knot with his wife, Dani Rhodes, in July.



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Freddie Roman, Borscht Belt comic known for roasts, dead at 85

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Beloved Borscht Belt comic and actor Freddie Roman, best known for his roasts as part of New York City’s Friars Club and later Comedy Central, died at the age of 85 on Saturday, his family said.

Roman suffered a heart attack in Boynton Beach, Florida, his daughter confirmed to Deadline.

The comic had spent most of his life in show business after he was given the opportunity to emcee at his uncle and grandfather’s Crystal Spring Hotel in the Catskills when he was just 15.

Roman, born Fred Kirschenbaum, and his old-timey jokes were a fixture at nightclub venues in cities like New York and Las Vegas.

He served as the dean, or president, of The Friar’s Club and took shots at celebrities like Jerry Stiller, Hugh Hefner, Drew Carey, Rob Reiner and Chevy Chase on Comedy Central’s Roasts.

Roman was best known for his roasts at the Friar’s Club.
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Freddie Roman and actress Debbie Reynolds at the Friar's Club in 2009.
Freddie Roman and actress Debbie Reynolds at the Friar’s Club in 2009.
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He appeared in numerous films, including the award-winning documentary “Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort” (2012), “Bittersweet Place” (2005), “Christ in the City” (2005), “Finding North” (1998) and “Sweet Lorraine” (1987), according to IMDB.

He more recently co-starred in Amazon’s hit comedy series “Red Oaks,” playing a curmudgeon member of a Jewish country club in New Jersey. He also made guest appearances on shows “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “The Tonight Show.”

Roman is survived by his wife, Ethel, and daughter, Judi Levin, Deadline reported.

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Deals and Steals! Shop the 21 Best Cyber Week Finds Under $35

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The most wonderful time of year is finally here — and we don’t just mean the holidays! Cyber Week is a dream come true for bargain hunters everywhere. While temperature are dropping outside, prices are dropping online. It really is a winter wonderland!

With all of the deals on Black Friday and beyond, it’s overwhelming to narrow down the options. So, we went through the sales and selected our 21 top picks under $35, from fashion to furnishings. Save up to 79% off on these everyday essentials from some of your favorite retailers! Score these marked-down must-haves as a treat for yourself or as a gift for a loved one. Happy shopping!

1. Sweet dreams! Get your best beauty sleep with this super soft microfiber sheet set — up to 79% off!

2. Eyes on the prize! This creamy avocado eye treatment from Kiehl’s has been a regular in my skincare routine for years — up to 50% off!

3. Made from organic cotton, this waffle-print Henley shirt from Everlane is our go-to top for winter weather — up to 50% off!

4. Built to take you from running errands to running cardio, this comfy Perform Legging from Everlane is a must-have for gals on the go — up to 50% off!

5. With over 2,000 reviews on Nordstrom, this popular plush throw blanket is a cozy crowd-pleaser — up to 31% off!

6. It’s in the bag! This top-rated tumbled leather clutch from Madewell features interior pockets for extra organization — up to 43% off!

7. Cut a rug with this vintage-inspired patterned rug! The subtle pop of color blends into any space — up to 53% off!

8. Mad for plaid! This set of two decorative pillow covers is perfect for the holidays — up to 27% off!

9. Effortlessly cool in an oversized fit, this crew tee from Everlane is a closet staple — up to 30% off!

10. These gold under-eye patches are truly worth their weight in gold! Infused with collagen, these eye masks will give your puffy eyes a pick-me-up — up to 17% off!

11. Treat yourself to some self-care with these aromatherapy Shower Steamers that provide major stress relief — up to 46% off!

12. This Echo Dot smart speaker connects to Alexa so you can play music, check the news and set alarms from any room of your house — up to 63% off!

13. Get a good night’s sleep with these luxurious satin pillowcases! They’re the no. 1 bestseller in bed pillowcases on Amazon — up to 17% off!

14. The no. 1 bestseller in women’s down jackets and parkas on Amazon, this water-resistant hooded puffer coat will keep you warm and dry all winter — up to 45% off!

15. Lightweight and comfortable, this full-length waffle robe is wonderful for lounging around the house — up to 39% off!

16. Crafted with 100% cotton, this crewneck sweater is cozy and flattering — up to 45% off!

17. Reviewers rave that these terry cotton joggers are super soft and comfortable. Plus, they come with pockets — up to 45% off!

18. Sparkle and shine this holiday season with this cubic zirconia necklace that looks like a real diamond — up to 15% off!

19. And it was all yellow! These gold-plated topaz earrings will brighten your day — up to 15% off!

20. Earn your stripes in this trendy striped half-zip sweater — up to 45% off!

21. These fleece-lined house slippers feature an embroidered print that is perfect for winter — up to 42% off!

Looking for additional deals? Check out more picks below:

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