May 8, 1971
Riverview, Michigan, U.S.
Rebecca Budig (2004–10)Jennifer Lantz (1999)
Robert "Bob" Guiney (born May 8, 1971) was a contestant on the first season of The Bachelorette and later, appeared as the bachelor in the fourth season of The Bachelor. He hosted GSN Live from 2009 until the show's ending in 2011.
Life and career
Guiney was born in Riverview, Michigan. He is a 1989 graduate of Riverview Community High School. In 1993, he graduated from Michigan State University, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and a walk-on quarterback for Michigan State University's football team.
He started his own branch of a mortgage company, Allied Home Mortgage, with a childhood friend in 1999.
Guiney's first appearance on reality television was as a contestant on The Bachelorette, where he was ultimately eliminated by Trista. Although she failed to give him a rose to advance, the two remained friends, and he was invited to her wedding to Ryan Sutter. His popularity on The Bachelorette led to him being cast in 2003 as the bachelor on the fourth season of The Bachelor. In the finale, Guiney chose Estella Gardinier, a California mortgage broker, but they broke up soon after the show aired. In July 2004, Guiney married All My Children actress Rebecca Budig at his family's home in Long Lake, Michigan. On January 13, 2010, People Magazine reported that Guiney and Budig had decided to split. In April 2010, Budig filed for divorce. On Friday, July 23, 2010, the divorce was finalized with neither side requesting spousal support or any other financial assistance. They had no children together.
Prior to The Bachelor, Guiney was in a Lansing, Michigan-based band called "Fat Amy". The band split up in 2000 but reunited as the Bob Guiney Band to record the album 3 Sides, which was released in 2003. The album entered the Nielsen SoundScan album chart at 114 but by November 30, only around 21,000 copies had been sold and by December 7 the album dropped out of the chart's top 200 list.
Guiney published a book in 2003, titled What a Difference a Year Makes: How Life's Unexpected Setbacks Can Lead to Unexpected Joy, describing his life leading up to his appearance on The Bachelorette, and the lessons he learned from his family and friends as he went through a divorce in the previous year.
Guiney also performs with the Band From TV, a band of actors from various American television shows who donate the proceeds of their performances and recordings to charities of their choice. Members of the band include Greg Grunberg, James Denton, Hugh Laurie, Adrian Pasdar, Scott Grimes, Andy Patalan and Jesse Spencer. Guiney currently hosts a real estate makeover show, Date My House for TLC.
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- Noted Alumni, MSU Alumni Association
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- The Bachelor‘s Bob Guiney and Wife Rebecca Budig Split
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- 'Bachelor' Bob Guiney -- Officially Divorced
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- Paulsen, Wade, "Bachelor Bob Guiney's CD 3 Sides opens to disappointing sales", realitytvworld.com, December 17, 2003.
- Navarro, Linda, "Reality TV star visits Springs", The Gazette, Colorado Springs, December 19, 2003.
- Bob Guiney, Band From TV's official site.
- Poniewozik, James, TV Home Shows Learn to Love the Bust, Time, April 10, 2008.