If anyone was going to get U-Turned on this season of The Amazing Race, it was bound to be Brodie Smith and Kurt Gibson. And the YouTube frisbee stars knew it, too. How could they not, given all of their first place victories over the course of the show leading up to their final episode last Friday night?
In the end, Tyler and Korey’s decision to U-Turn their friends in Bali was indeed the end of their time on the show, when delivering coconuts and chickens and collecting seaweed turned out to be one task too many for them to avoid a last-place finish.
To find out just how bitter the best friends were to know they narrowly missed getting into the Top 4, what they’d do differently if they’re called to play in the next All-Star season and what ever happened to “Blodie,” we caught up with the guys fresh off their elimination.
How frustrating was it to know the others teams ganged up to get you out?
Gibson: We were obviously very frustrated at the time, because nobody would ever want to get U-Turned. It puts you in a difficult spot. But after getting eliminated and sitting on it for a while we just realized it’s part of the game. It is what it is, and they were able to get to that board first so they used it on us. I can tell you a bunch of people said we should treat it as the other teams thought we were strong and they wanted to get rid of you, but Brodie and I were there to win. Part of the game.
What was your first conversation with Tyler and Korey like after that happened?
Smith: We didn’t talk to them until we got back, and it was more of them initially apologizing and us telling them not to worry about it — they played to win. In the moment and for a couple of days or maybe a couple of weeks it was a tough pill to swallow. But we were friends with everyone on The Race and we still are. There’s no bad blood.
Gibson: We were just hanging out on a boat the day before, and then you go ahead and get U-Turned, which is such a powerful part of the game. If you don’t get eliminated when that happens to you, something happened or you get lucky. So there is that moment of, ‘Wow. Betrayal.’ But it’s just your emotions getting the best of you because you’re out there to win. Everyone is. You can’t fault them for it.
Brodie how did it feel knowing the other teams were rooting for you to do Road Blocks because they thought you weren’t as good as Kurt?
Smith: I didn’t really care that much… The Road Blocks, for us especially, being in the front almost every single time, were hard because you couldn’t tell what they were and you couldn’t really strategize who should do what. If I thought it was physical and required two good legs, Kurt had to do it. That was our strategy. Unfortunately a lot of the stuff in the beginning it all sounded physical.
What did you underestimate about the race going in?
Gibson: Maybe just the amount of downtime outside of when you’re racing, and just the fact that on the surface you think you get to go to all these cool countries and see all these places. But you don’t think of all the travel involved in it. The time zones and sleeping arrangements and food you have to eat. All that creates a kind of stress and something pretty gruelling that wears you out. I think every team would agree that at the end it was awesome, but your body kind of feels it.
What’s Phil Keoghan really like, in one sentence?
Gibson: Oh he’s awesome. He actually reached out to me and we’re going to be working on something to promote the finale a little bit. He’s just as cool a dude in person as he is on TV. He not only appreciates and treats the production really well, but he’s also just a really big fan of the show. He did a good job of getting to know all the racers from every season. That creates a bond or friendship for everyone. I think he’s a really cool dude.
Brodie do you want to update your fans on the “Blodie” situation between you and Blair?
Smith: It’s pretty obvious for people that follow me or her that we’re just friends and I’m friends with everyone on The Race. It’s not really anything unfortunately. Well not unfortunately, but unfortunately for you I don’t have anything interesting to tell you, I’m sorry.
You guys are campaigning for the All-Star season—if you’re picked what would you do differently?
Smith: We were talking about this the other day. We would not use the Express Pass unless we had to. That was our one. Actually using it in that situation though we learned that if we are doing a Road Block that we’re struggling with or can’t figure out and we’re the only ones there to calm down and chill out and wait for the next team to show up and then kind of watch them to see what they do. That’s basically what everyone did at that Road Block. We probably also wouldn’t help as many teams in the beginning either, because we actually helped a lot. That was my strategy, I knew going into it we were probably the most likely to be U-Turned. We figured if we were super nice to everybody, if we gave them answers and told them where to go at least when they got to that board they would have a tough thought. Which they did, but it didn’t really help us in the end game and it kept some teams around that might have been eliminated from it.
Gibson: And to keep the Road Blocks a little more even if we could. If we were to do it again, whenever that is, hopefully we’ll both be healthy and that won’t be an issue. That will make a big difference as we get down towards the end of The Race – you can be more selective.