May 05, 2011 02:00 PM by Allyson Wells
The Unfinished Business season of The Amazing Race is wrapping up this Sunday, but for some fans controversy still lingers. After cowboys and brothers Jet and Cord McCoy were eliminated, many fans spoke out on how unfair it was that the other racers shared information amongst themselves, but not with the cowboys. Host Phil Keoghan is now speaking out on the elimination and chalks it up to being part of the game.
Phil spoke with the Baltimore Sun about the cowboy controversy. “I have found this very confusing because people have shared information since the beginning of the race. Some people seem to remember that information was shared even in the first episode this season, and others are oblivious, I guess because of their tremendous affection for the Cowboys. But where is the disconnect? Why are they seeing it so differently? On paper, who is the biggest threat in the race? It’s the Cowboys. They were the first team to go from last place to first place with a Speed Bump. They are extremely competitive, a couple of guys who can spend 8 seconds on a bull, one of the most intense experiences in sport. Nothing fazes these guys.”
As for whether or not the other racers cheated, Phil cautions fans to be very careful in their wording. “Was it a little mean and a little unfair to the Cowboys? Probably. But there was no cheating. We have a lawyer out there with us following all these rules. People need to be careful with the words that they use. It was unfortunate that the teams ganged up on the Cowboys. But would we be having this conversation if it was a team that nobody liked, a team we couldn’t wait to see go? In the history of the race, there have been times when teams have been picked on and isolated. I think people have gotten wrapped with emotion because of the incredible likability of this team and they are looking for someone to place the blame on. You have to be very careful in your wording. No rules were broken. The Cowboys could have given information to another team or picked on another team, but they didn’t. People are expressing their frustration about a team they like being out of the race.”
With the finale airing this Sunday, Phil notes that the absence of the cowboys evened the playing field and anyone could win. “Not having the Cowboys in the finale really evened up the playing field. On paper, any one of these teams could win the race. It’s a very even competition with the lead changing quite a bit based on the challenges they face, very unpredictable.”
What did you think of Phil’s comments? Do you agree with what he had to say about the cowboys’ elimination?
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