Exclusive: Cord McCoy and Jet McCoy talk 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' (Part 2)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/09/2014
The Amazing Race: All-Stars eliminated Cord McCoy and Jet McCoy during the tenth episode of the CBS reality competition's 24th overall season and third all-stars edition.
"The Cowboy Brothers" became the seventh team eliminated from the around-the-world competition after they arrived at the Race's tenth Pit Stop at Seville's Plaza de Espana in Spain in last place. Jet and Cord were the only team forced to complete both sides of the Detour task thanks to Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran.
In an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Monday, Jet and Cord talked about their The Amazing Race experience. Below is the concluding portion. Click here to read the first half.
Reality TV World: Looking at the four teams remaining, does it surprise you that any of the teams are still in it? I know Jennifer Wayne and Caroline Cutbirth, for example, have sort of been the underdogs of the Race and manage to keep surviving.
Cord McCoy: Well, I mean, I don't think there's any surprise. I think there's several teams that have gotten their break, you know? I think "The Country Singers" have had two non-eliminations. The Brenchels [Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly] have had a non-elimination. But not just that, sometimes you just get the right cab and sometimes you go the wrong way, but that's just kind of playing the field.
That's The Amazing Race, hell, sometimes you get a break and sometimes you don't. So it's not surprising because it's the all-stars, and I think when we started with 11 teams, any of those 11 teams were capable of winning the million dollars.
Reality TV World: You guys seemed to have a brief alliance with Caroline and Jennifer. But that obviously seemed to fizzle, especially when they became a pair in the "accidental alliance." What happened there? Why did it seem like you stopped working together?
Jet McCoy: Well, then again, like they said, "Accidental alliance," and we accidentally weren't in it, I guess. I mean, we weren't planning on getting in an alliance with anybody.
And it's kind of interesting because, you know, people have asked us a whole bunch of questions about giving them the Express Pass, and in that situation, we would've given it to any other team had we known they were going to use it just like they used it.
Like, we gave it to them and then they gave it away right then. So, you know, I don't think there was ever really like an alliance with us and them. It just kind of happened that way, but obviously even if there was, it didn't last long.
Reality TV World: Did you brainstorm what you'd like to do with your extra Express Pass prior to the Caroline and Jennifer incident?
Jet McCoy: We had talked about all the different scenarios that we could give it away and what it would mean if we gave it to any of the other teams and on, and on, and on. And Cord was the one that came up with the idea. He said, "Well, what if we give it to another team while we were at the Roadblock and then have them use it right then and it'd just be gone.
I remember telling him, like, "Yeah, that's a great idea, but that's never going to happen." And then of course the very first Roadblock of the next leg, we're sitting there and somebody needs it and we know they're going to burn it right then. So I think it's kind of interesting that it ended up being "The Country Singers," but we would've used it just like that had it been any other team.
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Reality TV World: The Express Pass you two got to keep for yourselves, did you ever feel like that presented you with a disadvantage? I don't know if maybe you felt targeted at times by the other teams because the pass made you more of a threat.
Jet McCoy: Oh that was never a burden, I don't think. It wasn't that heavy at all. (Laughs)
Cord McCoy: Me and Jet just knew that we were going to get U-Turned, so we ran by the donkeys because we wanted to go back and ride the donkeys. I was almost disappointed that we didn't get U-Turned there.
Reality TV World: Once you two were out of the running, did you two begin rooting for any team in particular to win this season? If so, who and why?
Jet McCoy: I don't know. That's kind of a difficult question, because obviously me and Cord are our favorite team.
Reality TV World: So you don't want anyone to win if it can't be you? (Laughs)
Jet McCoy: Not necessarily! (Laughs) Like I said, that's a difficult question. We didn't win and that's just kind of the way it played out for us, but you know, as far as the other teams that are in it, it's just -- our race is done, so you just kind of wait to see how it plays out.
But if I had [to choose] -- I wouldn't say favorite, like, my personal favorite -- like you like those people more than other people -- but I think so far in this race, there's no doubt that Dave and Connor have shown [themselves] to be the toughest team and they've run the most consistent race of all the other teams.
They haven't had any non-elimination legs, haven't been saved, I think they won like four legs. So when a team has done that well all the way through, you kind of see them coming out ontop.
Because you get to the final leg -- if they do make the final leg -- and they could get a bad cab ride, miss a turn, anything, and end up not winning. So, you want to see a team win that's done well the entire race and had been consistent. And so, if I was rooting for somebody, I'd say it'd be them.
Reality TV World: Once you two arrived at the Pit Stop, did you have any hope you could get a non-elimination leg or did you believe there was no shot of that happening?
Cord McCoy: No, we knew that there was no non-elimination legs left. So, you know, there's -- we knew they were pretty much maxed out of non-elimination legs at the leg before. So we knew whoever the last team to arrive was getting eliminated. There was no saving left.
Reality TV World: I want to know a little bit about the confidence you two went into the season with. Did you both fully anticipate making it to the season's Final 3 teams right off the bat or were you kind of just trying to take it one leg at a time and not give your hopes up?
Jet McCoy: We fully anticipated winning the million dollars.
Cord McCoy: Yeah, we went into it thinking that we were going to win with the intentions of winning.
Reality TV World: So in that case, were you guys preparing for any potential memory task or something in the final leg? I don't know whether you were taking notes along the way? What was your approach?
Cord McCoy: Yeah, we had been taking notes and kind of tried to prepare if they did have something like that, because in a lot of races, they have had that. So, yeah, we were getting prepared for something along those lines.
Above is the concluding portion of Jet and Cord's exclusive interview with Reality TV World. Click here to read the first half.