March 30th, 2011
06:13 PM ET

Richard Simmons, Phil Keoghan can make you 'Fit to Fly'

If you’ve ever had to hustle through an airport, you know that flying can double as a workout - though perhaps not quite as intense a calorie-burner as an in-flight safety video for Air New Zealand shows.

The airline tapped none other than ‘80s exercise guru Richard Simmons to show off all the ways one can be “fit to fly" in just three minutes.

For example, if you need to brace yourself during flight, Simmons’ neon-spandex clad cohorts demonstrate how to do “the duck,” where you sit with “flat feet, elbows outside your thighs, hands on your head and duck on down.” "Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan is particularly adept at demonstrating "the duck" in a cameo.

Check out more of Keoghan's moves in the video above.

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Oh my gravy! Some familiar faces on 'Amazing Race'
February 21st, 2011
11:15 AM ET

Oh my gravy! Some familiar faces on 'Amazing Race'

After much anticipation, Sunday night finally saw the premiere of "The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business." The cast is filled with fan favorites who all have something to prove after making mistakes in seasons past which got them eliminated from the race.

Yes, the Goths (a.k.a. the Pink and Black Attack) Kynt and Vyxsin were back, along with the Globetrotters Flight Time and Big Easy; "School of Rock" screenwriter Mike and his dad Mel; and oh my gravy, the most memorable of all, cowboys Jet and Cord (plus, of course, some others).

The race started right away with the first challenge: teams had to search through a Los Angeles field for paper airplanes bearing the name of the airline which would take them to their next destination (which they had to guess).


'Amazing Racers' get a second chance next season
December 13th, 2010
03:15 PM ET

'Amazing Racers' get a second chance next season

[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers on who won this season of "Amazing Race" plus info on who you may be able to see next season. Look out below!]

First of all, congratulations to Nat and Kat for a race well run, not to mention making "Amazing Race" history as the first all-female team to win the $1 million prize in 17 seasons.

However, if you were like me, you started pulling for Brook and Claire (of watermelon-to-the-face fame) to win it all the last couple of weeks. I don't know what it is - perhaps the Brook-and-Claire-flair hypnotized me - but I had my fingers crossed that they would win.

Luckily, for fans like myself, the Home Shopping Network pair will get a second shot at winning the race next season as part of "Unfinished Business," a second "all-star" season that will allow contestants who made various mistakes on the race to redeem themselves. Update, 4:57 p.m.: Don't believe everything you see on CBS promos. As an eagle-eyed commenter noted, Brook and Claire were on 'The Early Show" this morning and evidently, Claire's pregnancy prevented them from taking part in the next season. So consider this list of former racers only as potential competitors in the next season.


'Amazing Race' launches into a new season
September 27th, 2010
11:48 AM ET

'Amazing Race' launches into a new season

Before this season of "The Amazing Race" even began, many people were already very familiar with Home Shopping Network hosts Brook and Claire, thanks to a video of Claire getting hit in the face with a watermelon while launching it with a slingshot to hit a suit of armor.

Well, the actual season premiere finally aired on Sunday, and the duo did not disappoint. Just like we saw in the video, Brook takes charge of the team, constantly pushing Claire to go further in the game. Even early on in the race, when they arrived at the first airport, Brook instructed Claire to "puke in the trash can" rather than risk their place in line for a flight.

Clearly, these two are contenders, and after the epic watermelon-to-the-face incident, Claire went on to hit the suit of armor in just two more tries (at least, according to the editing) and they came in fourth... just behind my current favorites, Connor and Jonathan. What can I say, I have a soft spot for a capella singers. Here's hoping these two go far.


September 15th, 2010
03:15 PM ET

'Amazing Race' watermelon slingshot goes viral

In what could be called the modern day "shot seen 'round the world," CBS uploaded a preview for the new season of "Amazing Race" (returning September 26) that was apparently too good to wait for the actual show.

The portion of the program uploaded to both Twitvid and Youtube has two teammates, home shopping hosts Brook and Claire, taking part in a challenge to hit knights with watermelons launched by a slingshot (hey, stranger things have happened on this show).

While launching the slingshot, Claire accidentally gets hit directly in the face - hard - by a watermelon.


Padma Lakshmi played rough at Emmys
August 30th, 2010
12:33 PM ET

Padma Lakshmi played rough at Emmys

Things got a little heated between "Top Chef" star Padma Lakshmi and Phil Keoghan at last night's Emmy Awards. Lakshmi admitted that she smacked Keoghan, 43, prior to the ceremony -  but it was all in the name of fun.

"I thought 'Amazing Race' was going to win again," Lakshmi said, referring to the reality adventure series' seven-year winning streak. "In fact," she joked, "I was really, really mean to the host on the red carpet. I think I hit him twice with my purse!"

Thankfully, the cookbook author and former model didn't have to pull out the knives: "Top Chef" ended up taking home the Emmy in the outstanding reality-competition category.

Boasted Lakshmi, who turns 40 on September 1, "I told him I was taking him down, and guess what, I was right!"

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