Exclusive: Herbert "Flight Time" Lang and Nate "Big Easy" Lofton talk 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' (Part 1)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/21/2014
The Amazing Race: All-Stars eliminated Herbert "Flight Time" Lang and Nate "Big Easy" Lofton during Sunday night's eighth episode of the CBS reality competition's 24th overall season and third all-stars edition.
"The Globetrotters" became the sixth team eliminated from the around-the-world competition after they arrived at the Race's eighth Pit Stop at Piazza Del Duomo in Rome, Italy, in last place. They started out the leg in last place and never really had a chance to catch up.
In an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Monday, Flight Time and Big Easy talked about their The Amazing Race experience. Below is the first half of their interview. Check back with us soon for the concluding portion.
Reality TV World: When you two arrived at the Pit Stop, were you fairly certain you were in last place?
Herbert "Flight Time" Lang: Oh yeah, when we arrived at the Pit Stop, we definitely knew that we were in last place. So we were just waiting for those words, "You have been eliminated." And [Phil Keoghan] delivered them as perfectly as he always has.
Reality TV World: How far behind Jennifer Wayne and Caroline Cutbirth were you when you stepped on the Pit Stop mat? And were you anticipating a non-elimination leg at all? The look on your faces seemed to give away you had been hoping for that.
Nate "Big Easy" Lofton: We don't know how far we were behind anybody. We didn't even know who was in front of us. And we were hoping, of course, for a non-elimination leg. But the look you saw on our face was us just having fun and enjoying the moment and looking at the view from so many feet up in the city. So we were happy to be there.
Reality TV World: You guys started off the leg in last place and then appeared to get lost on the way to the Detour task. What exactly happened there and how long did you get lost for?
Herbert "Flight Time" Lang: Actually, on the Detour leg, we never got lost. We never went the wrong way. We just continued to pull over and ask people to make sure we were going the right way. So, I mean, it looks like we got lost but we never, ever made a wrong turn during the whole journey to the city.
Reality TV World: Oh okay, so you didn't lose much time at all driving around then, right?
Herbert "Flight Time" Lang: Well, it just took longer because we kept pulling over to ask somebody [for directions] as opposed to going the wrong way for 30 minutes. We probably pulled over three or four times and asked to make sure we were going in the right direction, which probably put us about 20 minutes or 30 minutes behind "The Afghanimals" [Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran].
Reality TV World: Looking back on the moment you guys decided to switch Detour tasks from donkey racing to donkey building due to the fact your animals weren't cooperating, is it safe to say you regret making that initial switch since you eventually came back to it?
Nate "Big Easy" Lofton: I think I'm happy we made the switch, you know. If anything, we regret not figuring out that crate goes over the toy donkey.
But the [live] donkeys we had, that one donkey was never going to go around, so it was either look [around] sitting on the donkey in one spot or try to go build one. And I think we made the right decision. We just didn't figure out the part about putting the crate on the toy donkey's back.
Reality TV World: How long do you think you stuck with the racing task before you switched over to the wood-building one?
Herbert "Flight Time" Lang: The first time on the racing track, we were probably there for like 10 to 15 minutes. Because, I mean, there were like three donkeys there when we got there. We figured that there's no way the donkey is going to let Big Easy ride it around however many times we had to make it. So we made an executive decision and we went to build a donkey.
At that [wood] task, we were probably there a good hour, hour-and-a-half, two hours, before we decided to switch back to go ride the donkeys again. And once we got back to the donkeys, we got back there and there were like six donkeys for us to choose from. So we got two of the fastest donkeys and completed the task on one try.
Reality TV World: So it sounds like spending so much time in that woodshop is kind of what cost you the Race?
Nate "Big Easy" Lofton: It is. It was figuring out that we just needed to put the crate [on it]. If we had [David O'Leary and Connor O'Leary] like the other teams had to help them and tell them that was the clue, then we would've gotten it. But it was just that one part we didn't figure out.
Reality TV World: When you both arrived at the Double U-Turn board, were you expecting at all to see your names on there?
Herbert "Flight Time" Lang: Myself, I didn't expect to see our names on there, but I was definitely surprised to see the names that were on there and the way it went down. But I mean, no, I wasn't expecting to see our names on there.
Reality TV World: Since you were surprised Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly U-Turned Dave and Connor, looking back now, do you think that was a smart move on their part or do you kind of agree with some of the other teams in that it was a "dirty" strategy considering Dave's age and what not.
Nate "Big Easy" Lofton: Me personally, I think they did what they thought they had to do, you know? They're racing, and that's what you do. You try to beat the time right behind you. Personally, we wouldn't have done that. We wouldn't have U-Turned anybody. I think the move that was confusing to me was, I thought Dave and Connor could've U-Turned "The Cowboys" [Cord McCoy and Jet McCoy].
I think if "The Afghanimals" wouldn't have been pulling up, and they didn't see Dave and Connor, they wouldn't have known why they were U-Turned. I think they should've U-Turned "The Cowboys" and [say], "Hey, we're going to help you guys. We'll do it together." And that would've been -- but it worked out either way. But we wouldn't have U-Turned anybody.
Reality TV World: So do you think it was just an awkward moment for Dave and Connor to U-Turn Jet and Cord since they were standing right next to one another? Is that why you believe Dave and Connor didn't go through with that?
Herbert "Flight Time" Lang: Yeah, I think it was definitely an awkward -- it would've been an awkward moment for them to, you know, U-Turn "The Cowboys" with them standing right there, because I mean, "The Cowboys" are fan-favorites and great guys. I mean, it would've been hard for us to U-Turn a team standing right behind us or anybody.
Reality TV World: Did the alliance between Dave and Connor and Caroline and Jennifer surprise you guys? The two teams seemed to think very highly of each other.
Nate "Big Easy" Lofton: Nah, it didn't surprise me at all. And I don't think they quite have an alliance. I think when they see each other, they help each other. I think that's how you should race. It didn't surprise me at all. Dave and Connor are two nice guys and Caroline and Jennifer, they're nice girls. That's how it goes when people are like-minded; You come together. Good people work together and it's a good alliance.
Reality TV World: Flight Time, the show made it look like you had an easy time with the manuscript Roadblock task. Was that actually the case? Some of the other Racers really struggled with that.
Herbert "Flight Time" Lang: Myself at the manuscript thing, I probably messed up a couple pages at the beginning, but once I got it going, I never had to start over. But still, I was there for a good hour-and-a-half, two hours, I'd say before I completed the task. I was actually surprised to see that Connor was actually thinking about taking a penalty. Now that would've been a game-changer!
Because we definitely would've been there at some point when they got there, but it wasn't easy. As you can see, when Rachel said she's an artist, she made that big old line across the page. It was a tedious task and one of my teammates was watching with me. When he saw that task, he said, "It's over for ya'll!" (Laughs)
Above is the first half of Flight Time and Big Easy's exclusive interview with Reality TV World. Check back with us soon for the concluding portion.