'The Amazing Race' host Phil Keoghan to skeptics: Be patient with new "Reality Clash" concept, give it a chance!
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/12/2019
The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan is expecting big things from the 11 teams who will be competing on Season 31 despite critics and skeptics.
The Amazing Race "Reality Clash" theme for Season 31 -- which will feature Racers from previous Survivor, Big Brother and The Amazing Race editions -- has received a polarizing reaction from viewers, some of whom aren't looking forward to seeing all of the different CBS reality shows coming together.
CBS announced earlier this month The Amazing Race's "Reality Clash" season will premiere with a one-hour episode on Wednesday, April 17 at 9PM ET/PT, although the network had previously set the show's debut for May 22.
While this is the first time viewers will see this "reality clash" twist, Keoghan revealed the format has actually been in the works for a while now.
"It's been an idea that's been thrown out by fans for a long time," the longtime host of the show told Parade.
"There's been a lot of chitter-chatter among the various franchises which show is the toughest, and what would happen if you put some of the toughest players from those franchises in competition against each other."
The 11 teams will be tasked with completing a series of challenges -- some mental and some physical -- as they retrieve clues and race around the world to different destinations.
Teams who are farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the competition progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million.