Rupert Boneham and his wife Laura Boneham were eliminated from The Amazing Race at the end of the second leg during Wednesday night's broadcast on CBS.

The former Survivor castaways, who raced as a married couple from Indianapolis, IN, arrived at the second Pit Stop of The Amazing Race's 31st season in Luang Prabang, Laos, in last place and were therefore eliminated from the competition.

Rupert previously competed on Survivor: Pearl Islands, Survivor: All-Stars, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and Survivor: Blood vs. Water.

As for Laura, she previously competed on Survivor: Blood vs. Water.

During an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Thursday, Rupert, 54, and Laura, 49, talked about their short-lived experience on The Amazing Race. Below is the first portion of what they had to say.


Reality TV World: I'm sorry your race ended so soon

Rupert Boneham: It was kind of a sad day, you know? It wasn't the outcome we wanted exactly to happen last night.

Reality TV World: How long after Becca Droz and Floyd Pierce did you arrive at the second pit stop?

Rupert Boneham: After we got through the elephant, now, I don't know if you really saw that last elephant.

When we finally got through the tuk-tuk ride after we stopped and got fuel and got directions and got back on the road, what you finally watched was [Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl] go by us. And so we knew we were in last place getting to the elephants.

After we were seventh going out of the alphabet challenge, we were so happy with ourselves, but when we got to the elephants and I finally coaxed that last little baby elephant out of the corral, and the first few [teams] were coming in already, I thought, "Oh God, I still haven't ran at all! I haven't done anything and they are already done."

By the time I finally got back, I mean, Laura will tell you -- she sat in that little pavilion up there by herself for, gosh, probably what? How long do you think?
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Laura Boneham: Oh, I don't know! It felt like hours!

Rupert Boneham: Yeah. (Laughs)

Laura Boneham: Well they left together. Becca's elephant was having trouble in the beginning to. It was lingering on the shore and just wanted to hang out and eat. It was just kind of there.

So they started off together, and then hers just took off and finally started going. And Rupert's little baby just wouldn't go! It wouldn't go.

Rupert Boneham: He was eating...

Laura Boneham: He wanted to go swimming and was cute, but he was this little, distracted ADHD elephant. It just wouldn't go, and it was hard to watch. It was torturous.

Rupert Boneham: So we were pretty far behind. By the time we got to the boats, there was no hope. They were already -- I have no idea, we don't even know really how far behind we were. There was no sight of them.

Once we got there and were told we were the last ones to hit the mat and had been eliminated, you know, they didn't show us trying to negotiate a little bit with [Phil Keoghan], like, "You know, maybe you could say, 'Well, it's a non-elimination round!'" 


Reality TV World: Yes, I was wondering if you two were banking on that and what you thought your chances were of it being a non-elimination leg.

Rupert Boneham: Knowing we were so far behind in last place, that would be unbelievable. We knew even if we had the fastest tuk-tuk in the world and the fastest everything to get to the next challenge, there was no way. We were way too far behind.

But by the time I finally got my clue, Becca and Floyd were already out of there, but I know I still had half the thing to go. So I know it was a while.

Reality TV World: Everyone seemed to love riding their elephants. One person even mentioned it was worth the $1 million just to do that. But Rupert, you didn't look like you enjoyed that at all. Is that accurate to say?

Rupert Boneham: That's very accurate to say.

Lauren Boneham: (Laughs)

Rupert Boneham: You didn't see the true begging, the true pleading, taking the bananas and throwing them in front of the elephant, saying, "Fetch! Please just move forward a little bit!"

I was screaming. If I could have carried the elephant, we would have moved faster, especially in the water, because he just dragged along. Oh, it was hard to deal with.

And there's just no way -- that elephant was so big. There was no way -- he just didn't want to listen. It doesn't matter. He knows you're not the normal trainer, and it's not going to listen to anybody.

I finally, after I knew there was no hope and I saw Laura, was ready to totally break down. And that's when the apologies came out and that's really, ugh.

Laura Boneham: It was so sad. He was apologizing, but I was like, "It's not your fault! It's the elephant!" The elephant was broken.

Rupert Boneham: (Laughs)


Reality TV World: Laura, I was going to ask you if you thought the outcome might've been different had you ridden the elephant, but it sounds like you don't think the elephant would've been cooperative either way?

Laura Boneham: Right. I think it was just the age and the inexperience of that baby. It was just determined to do whatever it wanted to do. And so, the trainer, yeah, I don't think it would've been any different. I really don't.

Rupert Boneham: Yeah. You see the first few elephants that were taken were running out of the pen and they greeted their trainer and everything. And then when you finally get down to the last one that I get, they were still trying to coax it out of the pen, and he did not want to go.

Laura Boneham: Maybe he just didn't feel well or something. I don't know! Or maybe it was just his age.

Rupert Boneham: It was the luck of the draw!

Reality TV World: Going back to the Detour task, what made you guys want to do the "ABC" one? And looking back and after watching the episode on TV, do you think you had made the right decision?

Rupert Boneham: Well, you know, we probably would've even maybe gotten done with the barbecue one a little quicker, but we made a conscious decision to choose to go into the school.

Laura Boneham: We wanted to see the kids! We missed our daughter. We only have one child and she is grown; she is 19.

Rupert Boneham: Yeah, so we wanted to see the kids and get that little family kind of burst of energy. We knew it wouldn't be the easiest thing in the world, but we knew we were pretty tough and pretty smart.

We really had an hour with those kids. Even the first few times it took us to go through it, when we got through it, to have those kids cheering and hooting and hollering -- I still remember how good it felt to be jumping around and dancing in front of them a little bit.

Before we ran out, we felt good about ourselves and making it through the challenge and being in the middle of the pack again! So it did everything we wanted it to do, and like Laura says, it empowered us.

But we just picked the wrong tuk-tuk and then that steamrolled into the wrong elephant and that ended up ending our race.


Be sure to check back with Reality TV World soon for more from our exclusive The Amazing Race interview with Rupert and Laura.
About The Author: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski
Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.