Chris, 40, and Bret, 44 -- who raced as friends and former Survivor castaways from Moore, OK, and Dedham, MA, respectively -- were ousted from the Race to win $1 million after arriving at the ninth Pit Stop at Matejuska at Split Harbor in Split, Croatia, in last place.
"We started out great and it just went downhill," Bret explained. "I'll never make detective because I didn't find those coins!... Croatia kicked our butts."
"But the bromance is still going!" Chris noted with a laugh.
During an exclusive interview with Reality TV World after the episode aired, Chris and Bret talked about their time on The Amazing Race and unfortunate ouster. Below is a portion of what they had to say.
Reality TV World: Well I'll be sure to keep that question in mind when I talk to Colin and Christie later in the season. As you probably recall, Rachel and Elissa had U-Turned Colin and Christie, so that seemed to be why Christie and Colin wouldn't share their Detour clue with them.
Reality TV World: Nicole Franzel and Victor Arroyo are the only team left on the show that never competed on The Amazing Race before. Do you think being an experienced Racer is THAT much of an advantage or would you simply say the best teams are still around? Meaning, maybe a team like Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl would still be doing this great had they never been on the show before?
Bret LaBelle: No, no, no. It absolutely [is]. Whoever came up with this idea, CBS, to do this, somebody knew, "The Race teams are going to have the upper leg," and boy did they ever!
I'll tell you right now, if [former Racers Art Velez and JJ Carrell] didn't have that colossal mix up in the first leg, they'd be right there too.
It's definitely a learning curve, and Chris and I have it now. If we ever go back out there, you can bet we're going to be extremely prepared, you know what I mean?
And we're going to be the team to beat! But, you know, it's a learning curve and we did learn it. We know it.
But again, there's always something else you've got to learn, like you don't have to memorize the whole [poem] and you can break that up. That's something we should've known.
Chris Hammons: Yes, there were definitely some advantages, but that's not to say the Race teams -- they're good at doing it, period. But there are certainly some advantages and a learning curve that happens.
Reality TV World: Speaking of preparing, how did you two prepare for this season of The Amazing Race? Corinne Kaplan and Eliza Orlins, for example, took stick-shift, line dancing and sewing lessons to prepare themselves for potential tasks.
Chris Hammons: No, I mean, we were alternates, so we were picked very late. I think we had four days. Something like that.
Reality TV World: Oh wow, so it sounds like you just had to throw yourselves into the Race.
Chris Hammons: Yeah, so there was no preparation for us. (Laughs) We were bumbling idiots the first three legs for a reason. (Laughs)
Reality TV World: Well how did your casting come about then? Did one of you get the phone call and you were able to pick your Survivor partner, or did CBS just pair you up and say, "Hey, you two, are you ready?"
Bret LaBelle: They called me and said, "Who would you like to do it with?" And I said, "Who's that poor attorney guy down in Oklahoma? What was his name again?"
And they said, "Chris Hammons." And I was like, "Yes, yes. Why don't we give him a call because he looks like a strong guy and maybe he could help me out." (Laughs)
No, they actually picked us, yes.
Chris Hammons: Yeah, they wanted us together from the get-go. Yeah.
Bret LaBelle: A lot of production had seen us in action because Chris and I hit it off right away. We enjoyed busting each other's balls and having a good laugh.
And I think a lot of people who worked on Survivor and in casting picked up on that, like, "Oh my god, these guys are really fun together. They are a lot of fun and they act like they've known each other for a long time."
So I think they saw that and when they were looking for Race teams, they just thought, "Bret and Chris would be perfect for this," you know?
Reality TV World: Out of the "Reality Clash" twist, Survivor teams seemed to perform the worst out of Survivor, Big Brother and The Amazing Race. Do you think that was just a fluke or what do you think was going on there?