The Amazing Race – Jenna And Ethan Not Happy About How Elimination Happened
The Amazing Race kicked off with a double episode to ensure we are now up to the US series. The first leg went to Taiwan where the oldest team was given a reprieve with it being a non-elimination pitstop. However the bad news for the rest of the teams was that there was going to be a double elimination on the next leg.
However this resulted in two of the more interesting teams being eliminated. These were Ethan and Jenner, two former Survivor winners and now dating, and Ron and Bill who were domestic partners. Eight of the eleven teams were turned back at the pitstop to go back to the orphanage to give up ALL their money to them.
The instructions to do this were in a frame on the table where the kids were surrounding, which is why a lot of people missed it.
Now Ron and Bill were quite zen about their elimination, but Ethan and Jenner not so much and they may have a point.
In their interview with Reality TV World (warning – if you click link you may see spoilers for Survivor) Ethan and Jenner said the clue
When you went to the orphanage, did you realize there was a sign on the table at all?
Jenna Morasca: Yeah. Basically in our clue — and we’re always told we have these clues and the information that we’re supposed to go by in our clue — we were told to turn in all our rupiah…
Ethan Zohn: From the dancing challenge.
Jenna Morasca: … from the dancing challenge and when we got to the challenge, it wasn’t underlined or marked in red like you guys saw, and it also wasn’t marked with any Race flags. So, it was just like any other sign. I mean, if someone was holding a sign that said that, was that a challenge? So, I figured it said, “Turn in all your money that you raised and any additional money.”
So we actually turned in all of our additional rupiah because on the clue, and I checked the clue, it didn’t say anything about your converted money. Everything that it said was only about rupiah. So we only had like 20 dollars that we didn’t convert.
Ethan Zohn: U.S. dollars.
Jenna Morasca: U.S. dollars. So we did turn in all our additional rupiah and we figured if we had gotten it wrong, we wouldn’t have gotten a clue like on all the other Race challenges. It’s like if you said the wrong words to the monk [during the Roadblock at the Taipei Confucius Temple], he wouldn’t have given you the clue.
If you don’t do a challenge right, you don’t get the clue. So, I figured that probably other people missed that, but we wouldn’t have gotten the clue if we would have gotten that challenge wrong.
So once you had given the children all your money, you weren’t given anything further right? You didn’t receive a different clue or something?
Jenna Morasca: No, we did not.
Ethan Zohn: Yeah. Even if you gave them like no dollars — gave them one penny off the floor — you would have gotten your clue, which doesn’t make sense.
Jenna Morasca: We checked with the secondary clue and it says nothing about extra American money. So, we figured since we were in Indonesia, we’d give them our rupiah and we did. We gave them all of our additional money.
We just figured, “Well, they gave us the clue, so they must have been okay.” And we came in ninth. We checked in before the Vegas girls [Kaylani Paliotta and Lisa Tilley]. We were safe at that point had we be allowed to check in.
How do you feel about the whole leg coming down to the confusing sign? Did you think that was fair?
Jenna Morasca: I don’t know. I guess if we say it’s unfair, we’re going to sound like we’re bitter. But I’ve just never heard about doing a challenge where they give you the reward if you do it right or wrong. And the teams that got it wrong, like they’re not stupid teams. These are really good teams.
Ethan Zohn: Eight out of 11 teams got the clue wrong, not that that means anything, but it was obviously very tricky. I think it was meant to trick you.
Jenna Morasca: Yes, you can tell by the way [The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan] was asking people. He was expecting them to get it wrong.