Farewell to a beloved team on 'The Amazing Race'
April 25th, 2011
11:30 AM ET

Farewell to a beloved team on 'The Amazing Race'

[Editor's Note: Don't read any further if you have yet to watch last night's "Amazing Race: Unfinished Business."]

Sunday night's episode of "The Amazing Race" saw one of the most popular teams in the series' history eliminated (like all of the teams this season) for a second time.

The odds were against cowboys Jet and Cord plenty of times, yet they were able to get this far in the race. With only six teams remaining, it seemed like they would be able to pull through, but it was not to be.

It all started when the teams arrived in Liechtenstein and faced a roadblock where they had to measure the length of the country on a motorized bike.

Some of the other teams helped each other with the task, determined to eliminate the pair of cowboys. Jet didn't get the measurement right, and they were left far behind while other teams (including Gary and Mallory, who had an extra task from the previous week's non-elimination leg) caught the train to Switzerland. Working with each other this late in the race is definitely an unusual move, but not when trying to get rid of a team seen as a threat.

It seemed clear that the best choice on the detour in Zermatt, Switzerland was to haul 20 bags of luggage to many different hotels, which second place team Jen and Kisha quickly figured out. Even so, Zev and Justin stuck it out with the other choice, eating an entire bowl of cheese fondue, and despite losing his lunch, Justin saw it through to the finish line with his teammate.

Jet and Cord actually caught up with the Globetrotters, Flight Time and Big Easy, after every other team had checked in... but there was still the matter of the Double U-Turn. In the most controversial move yet this season, the 'Trotters used the Double U-Turn, and that sealed the cowboys' fate, with the extra humiliation of having to finish off that cheese fondue.

So, happy trails, you two. And for one last time... oh, my gravy!

A few other quick points:

  • Cord calling himself "the lone ranger" when it was obvious that Jet was in the back of the pack, plus that "Old West" theme music are just two of the reasons why I will greatly miss these guys.
  • Vyxsin really seems to wear the pants in the relationship with Kent, who has turned out to be too much of a whiner.
  • Phil Keoghan couldn't quite put his finger on it, but it's true, there's something about Mallory that is quite hilarious. She and her dad are so much fun to watch, that I think I'll be pulling for them from here on out.
  • Zev and Justin have really been on a roll lately, and look like the favorites to win now.

What'd you think of Jet and Cord getting the boot?

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  6. cayc

    I did it ,I did not watch the amazing race on sunday night,and I will not watch until nthey make some changes in therules,

    May 3, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Humberto Rocha

    The Jet and Cord basically got screwed....in the wrong way if you know what I mean, the amazing race should have rules about cheating...all the teams that cheated and got the answers from the other players should been given a penalty, I not interested anymore on who wins now.......not fair......they should sue the amazing race.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CatL

    I am very disappointed that the other teams prevailed twice by cheating and the Cowboys followed the rules and were eliminated. The very first episode where the teams were supposed to read the flags and come up with the quote, the teams were all cheating to get ahead, but not the Cowboys. Then, when the other teams didn't go back and remeasure like they were told, the teams that did not should have incurred a penalty. Cheaters obviously do prosper. All of the remaining teams have cheated. I guess that's the only way they can win. We really miss the Cowboys.

    May 1, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mary Long

    I think it was cheating and I am sure CBS will not give a damn if i complain to them. BUT i am going to call the sponsors
    and complain to them.
    I have already talked to the tea company and were unhappy that i was not going to buy their tea anymore.

    May 1, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cayc

    I will miss the race on Sundays,I am finished .I will send a letter telling them why they ruined my Sunday nights..
    if anyone else would like to write to them...AMAZING RACE WORLD PRODUCTIONS

    May 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steph

    Bye cowboys! You will really be missed!!! Loved your banter and sense of humor! Sure wish there was another show we could see you on!

    May 1, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dan

    Jet & Cord got shafted just like they did on their original race when the brothers cut to the front of the plane. Twice eliminated by cheating. Sorry guys! As for the Trotters, what they did at the end was fair. Annoying...but fair. I'm sure the front office at the Globetrotters will have a little talk with them about their publicity faux pas. It didn't make them the most likable guys.

    April 29, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kelly

    I adored the cowboys! I will miss them dearly. They were so kind and polite and just great sports. However, it is a game. The goal is winning. The Globetrotters absolutely did the right thing. That said, the cowboys are the only duo I was really supporting, so I'm not certain I'll be watching going forward. Hey CBS, how about a cowboys reality show?

    April 29, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. JetSucks

    Wow, what a bunch of whining wusses you all are!!!! Grow up. Wow, some of you are ready to launch protests outside the CBS studios...geeks!! It's actually funny to read how upset you are over some "in-the-rules" info-giving. Wah, wah, wah, how about a tissue!!! Pfft, cowboys – schmowboys....get over it you fools!!!

    April 28, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
    • cayc

      evidently you have no respect for rules or honor,why don't you join the team you will be with your own kind.

      May 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gayle Jordan

    I'm done with the Amazing Race. In fact I'm done with CBS. If you want to see the rating increase give the Cowboys some money.

    April 27, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  16. lastlap

    Teams have given other teams answers in past seasons and I'm sure they will continue to do so in the future. I think the thing that bothered me was that the teams seemed to gang up on the cowboys for no particular reason. The cowboys have been hanging on by their fingernails for the past couple episodes, so they really posed no threat. I think everybody's so upset because they're such a likable team. Always good sports, never nasty to each other or others, always polite and in awe of the places they travel. If it had happened to Kint and Vyxen, probably nobody would have cared.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  17. dtcpr

    I <3 the cowboys and I erally enjoy this show but I am getting really sick and tired of watching the other teams give the answers to each other. It takes the fun out of the show. I think that they need to implement a time penalty for gviing or asking for answers from another team. Working together is ok, but flat out giving answers is wrong. For example, flight time asking for the distance and the other people just giving it to him, he did the task wrong and should have had to go back and do it on his own, like the cowboys. To me the cowboys were and are the most upstanding team on the show, ever. I also love Gary and Mallory, and they typically do not jsut flat out ask for the answers from others. I have seem them work collaborativly with other teams, but i think they are the most honest team left. I will say i wouldn't mind if zev and justin win, i think that they are an amazing team and that they are an inspriation. The show must be so difficult for a person with developmental disabilites and justin is the most patient person i have ever seen in my life.... so in conclusion STOP THE FREAKING CHEATING!! lol

    April 27, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  18. Halle

    I am so done after the cheating episode. This was my favorite show EVER and now I can't even stand to watch the rest of them compete (I use that word loosely).

    April 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jeanne

    I totally agree with everyone about the cheating, only three out of the six did it correctly. Since you allowed cheating at the beginning with the flags, the teams presumed that this was ok. I have never watched survivor, but from the comments this is beginning to smell the same. I have watched over ten years and enjoyed it, but seriously thinking that teh race has lost its fairness. The cowboys should have won the first one, and would have if the other team hadn't talked there way into sitting in first class. That broke the rules right there. The cowboys were a class act, performing everything to the letter. Guess if I watch, I will have root for Kent and Vixen cause they appeared to be the only other team to perform the task correctly. Jed and Justin are just too crude and not good ambassadors for the US. I hope you will punish the cheating in the future, that is if I watch. Too angry right now!!!

    April 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Linda

    I completely agree with Tracey – So sorry to see the Cowboys go, but I also agree "Go Mallory & her Dad, Go Flight Time and Big Easy. Rock on Amazing Race!" I'm sure the Cowboys want to see the Amazing Race continue – dont' give up on the show. Maybe future contestants will learn the best way to behave is by being fair to all contestants and if you're going to help one person then be prepared to help them all. I'm sure the contestants that were involved are learning something by reading all these comments. Would love to see the Cowboys again in the future!

    April 26, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Mike

    For me to continue to watch The Amazing Race. They must make changes in regards to these Teams cheating the way they did last night. I agree it is one thing to team up with another team for to just give out the answers like they did... I really liked the Cowboys, but to consider them a real threat just look at the race even last night... They have really struggled the last several weeks... these guys are so busy do this type of thing that they are ignoring the real threats... in the other Teams... like FOUR FIRST PLACE FINISHES...

    April 26, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  22. Doc

    Yes. The Cowboys were definitely cheated. There's no way that those given the "22 KM" answer should have been allowed to continue without at least a one hour penalty.

    April 26, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  23. Wendy

    The Race has always been fun to watch and rules were inforced and working hard was rewarded. The Cowboys showed us just how well this game could be played by being good solid players who worked well together and followed the rules. I found it disheartening to watch teams gang up against the Cowboys and resort to cheating by giving out information to other teams with the direct intention of eliminating them. The producers should have stepped in and given penalties to correct that behavior. The Cowboys deserve another chance. The future integrity of this show is in jeaopardy and many of us loyal fans will not watch going forward if this wrong is not correct. Thank you Jet & Cord for making each episode you competed in this year a pleasure to watch as your team work was truly inspiring.

    April 26, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  24. Steve

    It's a TV show people!!!! For ratings. It's also reality TV, lest you forget. The producers make the rules, stretch them and interpret them. CBS is not concerned about how fair it looks to you all they want the advertising $$$.
    The point of the race is for teams to be eliminated (key word).
    Jet and Cord were a strong team and they were to use Phil's word eliminated just like other teams before them.

    April 26, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  25. Rara

    I'm soooo disappointed the Cowboys got eliminated. I was rooting for them as if they were part of my family. Kudos to their parents for instilling in their sons honesty and integrity and to have fun along the way. Wish they could come back another season but after 2 seasons I'm sure they are probably ready to move on with their lives. TAR is still my favorite program this season and I will continue to watch but with not as much enthusiasm.

    April 26, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  26. Myrna Band Siesta Key Florida

    The teams appear to be evenly matched.

    April 26, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  27. Kbob

    I thought for sure that there would be a penalty for those teams that gave the answers and for the teams that accepted the answers. Very disappointing! It would be nice if the cowboys were able to come back because of this. Like all the others have said, they ran the race fair and square! Love the Cowboys!!

    April 25, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Woody Faller

    Besides not watching the show again, I'm not buying anything from the main sponsors (Travelosity, Ford, etc). Just my way of helping along the demise of a once fun-to-watch reality TV show.

    April 25, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  29. agotaras62

    They lose because they did it the honest way . WHY weren't the cheaters punished?
    I quit.

    April 25, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Irwin

    I like everyone else was very disappointed to see the disclosure of the measurement of LIchtenstein to other teams during the race. As I heard the instructions read, it said if you got the measurement wrong you had to go back to the beginning. I don't believe that the rules were followed when the Globetrotters were given the correct measurement but yet did not have to go back to the beginning. Had they gone back to the beginning, the fact that they already had been given the correct measurement might have been easier to take. The cowboy brothers were a pleasure to watch and root for in both races they competed in. Not once did I hear them bicker or put down any other team. True gentlemen. Two guys I would love to meet and buy a beer. The Goths are sickening to watch. How much can one guy whine.
    I am very disappointed that the cowboys were allowed to be ousted when the rules were not followed. Lost a lot of respect for the Globetrotters.

    April 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Kallie

    I do not like cheating. I am not watching The Amazing Race anymore. Disgraceful. I watched because The Cowboys were on, and they are honorable men and fun to watch. Good luck to the Boys ! May God bless you both. You dont need the amazing race.

    April 25, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Msvikki

    I was also disappointed that the cowboys were eliminated, but can't hold it against the Globetrotters. They knew how strong of a team the cowboys were. I think they got a bad deal both times they were on amazing race, the first when the gay guys got to go first class on the plane and the second when everyone told others the answer. I think that was wrong, everyone needed to find the answers for themselves. The cowboys were polite and always stood up and encouraged each other. Good sports they are!! Too bad we have to put up with those like vixen and Kynt. What a whiner that guy is... Amazing race you are out of my line up on Sunday's...

    April 25, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Yoyoe

    totally disgraceful. i'm not watching the rest of the season anymore

    April 25, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  34. katie

    I was so p-– about the cowboys being cheated out of the race last night, I made up my mind that I will not watch the rest of this season, Idon't care who "wins'. And to dilberto, it amazes me that there are people such as youself that you think everyone is as sorry as you-thank the Lord there aren't.

    April 25, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  35. had nough race, show not amazing anymore, just BS

    Lat episode i will ever watch, all the losers teamed against the best team.They all knew fairly they could not beat the

    COWBOYS. Hope the ratings fall to 10 percent of viewers.

    April 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Rob

    No rules were broken. I blame the producers. The roadblock should have stated that you couldn't share the info. The answer was supposed to be written down, NOT discussed at the end of the ride to be overheard. Not mad at the Globetrotters for using the U-Turn (it was the right move), but I am frustrated that they (and others) were given the answers on the bike ride. I have watched the show for years, but now I am done with it. It has turned into SURVIVOR where strong people get "voted" out. The cowboys made the show great. If they had lost fairly, I would not be mad. CBS, watch your ratings drop...

    April 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Sanders

    I can't believe you allow cheating like last night.........The cowboys got screwed last night when the other teams cheated on the 22k distant. I think they should be brought back and excused

    April 25, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  38. dilberto

    My God, stop all of your whining. It's a GAME. Any of you who think you wouldn't do exactly what the Globetrotters did is just lying.

    April 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Msvikki

      Not to be rude, but I'm just saying. Your right dilberto, it is just a game. A game that shows we should teach our children to lie, cheat and steal to win!! Forget courtesy, being Mr Nice doesn't get you to the top, but cheating will. Gosh that sounds like our government doesn't it?

      April 25, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Cowboy Fan

    I never respond to any of these blogs, but I am mad. I don't care if it is okay in the rule book for others to cheat. The cowboys did it the old fashion way. There was cheating on an episode back in the beginning where they had to decipher some plaques or something like that and some of the teams gave the other teams the answers, but not the Cowboys! I don't even think they were in it for the money. They wanted to actually play the game and win the race. The always came from behind and they always played fair. Remember the brothers that broke in line in front of them at the airport last season. The Globetrotters knew the Cowboys were the only ones behind them. They were just being petty! The Cowboys should be brought back and the others penalized.

    April 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Jenny Smith

    You`d better start changing your rules. That was plain cheating on contenders part. Teams that cheat should be penalized or you`ll lose a lot of viewers. Cowboys deserve another chance.

    April 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  41. muffnstuf

    To say I was disappointed is an understatement. I loved the cowboys both times they were on the show. They never fought with each other or other teams, helped sometimes, and never cheated. While giving the answers to another team may not be cheating, it was still wrong. After what happened to the Trotters the first time they raced, I was upset they chose to Uturn the cowboys instead of racing to them to the pit stop. That would have been a fair fight. So now, I'm all about Zev and Justin. Them, cowboys and Trotters were my favorites. Can't STAND Kynt and Vixin. I've never liked teams that were hateful to each other. I will always watch TAR!!!

    April 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Devil's advocate

    The cowboys have been on borrowed time for most of the race, whether it be due to being unable to decode the flags in the first episode, or getting on worse flights than their opponents on more than one occasion. Sharing information on TAR isn't cheating, and teams have been doing it since the beginning of the series. Some of my favorite past winners had key help during the race (I'm looking at you, Uchenna and Joyce), and very few teams have won without being in an alliance at some point.

    Some legs of the race require only that you have a piece of information at the end, not a completed skeleton statue or 20 luggage tags. The measurement of Liechtenstein was one of these tasks, so teams that worked together had an advantage. If you want to argue that Gary, at least, should have had to recomplete the task, I won't argue with that.

    Let's give the cowboys credit for making it this far, but they haven't been the strongest team. The fact that they didn't want to work with other teams, and that they lost to teams that did work together, actually says something GOOD about teamwork.

    If everyone stops watching due to this episode, then OK, but if you're outraged by teams working together, your complaints about the show should be older than this season.

    Now, we'll see which of these subpar teams wins the million this year. Hope there are some genuinely strong teams next season.

    April 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Devil's advocate

      For the record, I'm not totally sure Gary gave the wrong answer and should have had to re-do the task, but I'll leave that point to those who know.

      April 25, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  43. outsourced1

    The show makes a BIG stink about following the rules on the clue...and readily displayed the "cheating" and yet reverted back to the show guidlelines and eliminated the cowboys for coming in last. Entertainment at the expense of the cowboys.

    April 25, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Cowboy love

    Looks like a scene from Brokeback Mountain....

    April 25, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  45. MusherOne

    Hey, Folks! Your comments are great. O.K. to post here but would probably have more of a successful in bringing back the cowboys if you e-mailed your comments to CBS. MSNBC does not produce TAR. How about letting CBS know the producers made a HUGE mistake.


    April 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  46. KathiG

    I think it just flat out sucks that the Cowboys–my fave from day one–got booted and those idiots Kent & Vyxsin are still in it. I can't stand them. He is such a whiney wussy baby and she's just as bad. They get on my nerves sooooo much. The globetrotters were a small favorite, too, cause one of them is from Arkansas, but not anymore. I'm pulling for Gary & Mallory to win. Can't stand the other all boy team or the girl team either. ONly nice ones left are Gary & Mallory.

    April 25, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Leona

    It's one thing to be strategic and give a little assistance and another to out and out cheat. The "globetrotters" did this twice. The first time they just stood around until they could hear the answer. No attempt made whatsoever. Then, for them to U-turn the cowboys? They knew they would be out. They should have been out. I don't remember the 1st place team out and out cheating but they did provide answers so the others didn't have to complete the task. Liked the father-daughter team, but there again, they were given the answer. The cowboys are the only ones to complete the tasks required and did not receive one little bit of help. Yes, bring the Cowboys back. They should be back this season, but if not, give them a chance next season - if they want it. They were treated very shabbily.

    April 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  48. LF

    Wow! There is no way the Cowboy's should have been eliminated. It is not fair when teams share information and do not complete the tasks which is what happened last night. Phil said if you gave the wrong answer you would have to go back and start over. Jet and Cord did that....Gary and Mallory did not. This was absolutely unfair and I consider this cheating. Both of the teams in the cheat should be penalized. This is no different than taking a taxi cab when you should of walked etc. It gave the other team an advantage. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! I really enjoy the show but after last night....

    April 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  49. C

    To the Producers of TAR – arguably the best reality show ever created – RIGHT THIS WRONG!!! BRING BACK THE COWBOYS!!! The teams that were given the answer did not complete the task and should have been given a penalty. It's too late to correct this error this season – but you can correct it next season by BRINGING BACK THE COWBOYS!!!! Allow them to compete in a fair and honest environment – you owe it to them and to all TAR's loyal followers. Come on
    everyone – let CBS know what they should do – BRING BACK THE COWBOYS!!!!! BRING BACK THE COWBOYS!!!!

    April 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  50. JG

    I don't understand the point of the speed bump. I thought the intention was to penalize the team that came in last but was lucky enough to be in a non elimination round. The speed bumps have become the easiet, most ridiculous tasks that dont serve as a challenge whatsoever.
    I also agree that teams should be penalized for giving answers to other teams.
    I was very dissapointed in last night's show.

    April 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Linda

    I won't watch the show any more this season. I absolutely loved the Cowboys and everything they stand for in the "Real World!" I think it's terrible that the other teams ganged up on the Cowboys and the show allowed it. If they don't change the rules for next year by stopping this ganging up of other teams, I won't ever watch the Amazing Race again. To win the million dollars you should have to figure all the legs of the race by yourself. Technically, some of the teams did not complete legs of the race because they got the answers from others. The show is well out of hand and PHIL needs to step in and turn this around or many other fans will stop watching the showl. Really ticked off. Good luck Cowboys. I only wish you the best that life has to offer. Find another reality show to be on. I'll be your biggest fan!!!!!!!

    April 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Done with this show!

    Cheating is wrong. Did not think the show would permit this poor conduct from its contestants without a penalty, but since it did and the only deserving winners were eliminated we wil not be watching any more Amazing Race.

    April 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Cathy

    I think last night's leg was the most disappointing I've ever watched over the past 5(?) years. It started with the lamest extra task for Gary and Mallory (that was so easy!) and then the sharing/cheating that went on during the ride, and then the placement of a U-turn before a pit stop. Yes, I'm very disappointed that the Cowboys were eliminated, but the fact that they got eliminated when others were rewarded for NOT completing the task is what gets on my last nerve. I think the Globetrotters were smart to use the U-Turn on them, but by placing it at the end of the race it served NO purpose for that last team. Ugh! What a terrible episode. I'm not sure I'll continue watching it. I'd like the Globetrotters to win, but it looks like they need help too many times. Obviously, at some point, the other teams will stop helping them, and then the Globetrotters will be eliminated. I'd rather read about it online. Blech.

    April 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  54. JL

    I hope that the producers take these comments to heart and change the rules. With the "information sharing" or cheating last night, the weaker teams progress, and the strongest team, Jet and Cord, who figure out how to get things done, got eliminated. I have so much respect for the cowboys' work ethic and honesty, and TAR is the loser in the end without them on it anymore.

    April 25, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  55. nico88

    One more things, no award this year for best reality series. Amazing Race does not deserve that honor this year.

    April 25, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  56. nico

    Most disappointing episode in all the years of the Amazing Race. Phil and the producers should be ashamed of themselves for allowing the cheating to happen. I don't care who wins the race now and all these teams should be branded cheaters and be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

    April 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandi J

      I don't know that I'm exactly mad at "cheating". What I am mad at is that someone didn't follow the rules. "If the wrong answer is given, the rider must go back and do it again". Gary didn't complete this condition. Yep, he should have been penalized and the outcome would have been different. Vixen and what's his name were penalized for not following the rules when they took the wrong mode of transportation. Why not Gary, etc. Coodos to the cowboys. They played fair and square. I'll miss you fellas. And, goodby to TAR for me. Broken rules and cheating do not appeal to me.

      April 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  57. mjb

    Some are saying that what happened last night isn't cheating, just "sharing of infomation." I disagree.

    If Flight Time hadn't been given the answer, he would have gone to Marco with the wrong information (he admitted he didn't know how long it had been), meaning he, like Jet, would have had to go back to the start again. Same for LaKisha who listened in while Justin gave his answer, and Gary who was also told.

    Any unfair time advantage gained in a race is considered cheating. It stripped Rosie Ruiz of wining the Boston Marathon, it shouldn't have been tolerated without penalty by TAR. That hour Jet had to spend that no one else did made all the difference last night.

    Shame on the producers for letting it go unchecked.

    April 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  58. TJ

    Rather than having to write down the mileage on a post card, could have had them show the display on the odometer... That way atleast the teams could not have cheated. Oh well, too much for the producers to think about I guess! Yesterdays episode seemed more like the "Weakest Link" than the amazing race where you gang up to eliminate the strongest team. Sadness.

    April 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  59. dan

    The thing I always liked about TAR compared to other reality shows is that success was built on merit, not politics or secret pacts, etc. Last night pretty much changed that with the telling of answers. How disappointing! Also, wasn't the instruction something like, "use your odometer to determine the length of Lichtenstein." Some teams did not do that, they were told the answer. Seems like a penalty is in order. I hope at least this issue is addressed on the show. Obviously, my disappointment is shared by many.

    April 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Deborah Catlin-Jacobs

    So long Phil, I waited for you to say something last night to the other contestants and nothing was forthcoming, now you have lost another viewer. The cowboys were two of the nicest contestants and its to bad you condone cheating, not just last nite but the time they had to unravel the deep blue sea puzzle. At this point I could care less who wins.

    April 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Michael

    I am furious at the Globetrotters. I think that all of the teams that gave other teams the answers and the teams that the asnwers were given to should have had a time penalty. How unsportsmanlike! I don't think that I'll watch the rest of the season, unless the producers do something to make this agregious action on the part of the other teams right!

    April 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Mini

    Why was there a U-turn at the end just before the pit stop? Just didnt make sense! Thank God the Lakers lost or I would have been totally bummed! Go Gary and Mallory!

    April 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Rhonda

    I agree with everyone else. They were sabotaged from the beginning of the leg. Now I could care less who wins. Wonder how the cowboys felt when they saw that leg of the race for themselves!

    April 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Susie

    Ditto all of the above comments. Don't care who wins at this point. This season has been too full of cheating. Not going to watch rest of season. Definitely not entertaining any more. If future seasons will be like this one where cheating allowed to the extent of this past episode - good-by Amazing Race from my viewing schedule.

    April 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Emily

    TAR has been one of my favorite shows, but this episode did it for me. I will not watch again because they allowed such blatant cheating to happen! The cowboys were my favorute team. If they had gotten eliminated due to something really bad that they did, it would be different, but this was certainly NOT fair and the globetrotters and gary should have been given penalties, which would have allowed the cowboys to still be in the race. No more TAR on my TV. As far as i am concerned , they can cancel it now before anyone wins.

    April 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  66. BOB

    How can you reward cheating, I am thinking hard if I will be watching any more.

    April 25, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Erika

    That's it for me too. I will find out who won because I hope that the Globetrotters get shafted by someone they gave the answer to – Karma would be great. I think it is natural that the weak will gang up on the strong, but when you have a strong MORAL pair like the cowboys, TAR had better be ready for an enormous drop in ratings when they get shafted off the show. I'm hoping for Zev to win. As for Malory being funny, give me a break. She is painful to watch as she simpers into the camera. Her father is fine though.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Kay Clark

    My husband and I are ardent PBR fans. I have never seen Cord McCoy get bucked off a bull without a smile on his face.
    There is absolutely no cheating in Bull Riding, so we will stick to that. I was so disappointed in the Amazing Race last night, I
    almost cried. I too, hope someone feels guiltly about their actions. I will not watch the rest of the race, as I think the rest of the contestants are unfair. There should be penalties for their actions. It is nice to see, I am not alone in my feelings.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Naomi

    Jet and Cord should have won the whole thing. No one helped them and look at how far they got! They are the only deserving team in my eyes. I would love to see more of them.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |

    I was kinda dissapointed, but they had to go sooner or later.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Lucy Aadnesen

    Cowboys were ganged up on . They were my favorite both times I lost all respect for Globe Trotters when they showed scuch unsportmanslike conduct U turning the team behind them. If Mallory and her dad get eleimitated won't be any reason to watch they are my 2nd favorite. Vixen's team is so annoying i mute the sound when they show them. they should be some new rules put in place about sharing info. When cowbiys were stuck on one of the earliy chanengeles the other teams also got help but no one gave cowboys any help. They may not have one but they ran a clean honest race!!

    April 25, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Kim

    So disappointed Cowboys have left. Only team that worked hard and played by the rules. Go Cowboys!!!!! Dont care now who wins. Hope they all fall down a hole.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  73. TAR Fan

    I agree that there should be penalty for giving info to another team. Both teams should have a penalty, because they didn't complete the challenge by them selves. In fact why don’t three teams make an alliance at the being of the game? Take turns doing the challenges just to pass on the info to their alliance partners. Just like "Survivor". I have watched The Amazing Race from the first day it was aired and haven't missed an episode. But I will not be watching it from now on. If I want to watch back stabbing and alliances I will just watch Survivor.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Race Fan

    I was so disappointed at last night's outcome of the race. I was so disappointed that Zeb and Justin would share the info with the Globetrotters and then they literally gave the answer to Gary. How unfair to those teams (like the Cowboys) that seem to play a fair game with no drama or antics along the way. I hope those teams that shared the info enjoyed the win and knowing they sent a team home by not winning the race but by cheating. Also, I don't understand the concept of the Race producers putting a double u-turn right before the pit stop. It virtually automatically eliminates any team u-turned as they have no hope of catching up – if everyone is already on their way to the pit stop and there are no more road blocks to make up the time. Very unfair night and disappointing. I love this show but not even sure I want to watch the rest of the season. Tainted for me as everyone left had some part in the cheating that sent the Cowboys home.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • wayne

      I agree with you race fan. It wasn't a 'double u-turn' it was a 'you decide who gets eliminated because you are on your way to the pitstop anyway....-turn' !!!!!!!

      April 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  75. DC

    Im with everyone else. I wont even be bothered watching the show now. As far as Im concerned they were the only team that deserved to win. Never yelled at each other or did mean things to anyone else. I like the idea of the viewers voting on a team to win 1/2 mil, good idea.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  76. jim

    If you help someone it's fair game, but if you gang up to make some one loose it is cheating. The cowboys got shafted. I will not watch the race any more!!!!!!

    April 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Crombieal

    I agree that cheating made the outcome of this leg. There should be a penalty enforced when another team helps another with a task. I was disappointed to see the cowboys booted – they are a class act with no bickering and drama. I'm not a fan of any of the other teams – the globetrotters were my other choice but they lost my respect when they cheated by giving the answer to the other teams. I will not be watching the rest of the season.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  78. MusherOne

    For Phil: I second SW's comment. Teams cheated on the Lichtenstein leg of the race. I have a real problem with cheaters possibly winning one million dollars!

    As for Dook of Westminister's comment "Who cares?" he obviously cares enough to read the story. As for "Home on the Range," with his/her cutsie comment – – -.

    Jet and Cord seem like really nice men who enjoyed the countries they visited and the people they met. They were always polite, never seemed to get flustered, even when in last place, and, in my book should have been first at the finish line this time.

    I cannot believe that those teams that cheated were not penalized. I guess in this day and age, cheaters really do win. How sad.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lesley

      Those two were the greatest American ambassadors in all the countries they went to. As you said, always; polite to everyone they encountered. Always in good spirits, I was actually disgusted with the globetrotter urinating against the tourist site, they should have been penalized for that.

      May 1, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      there must be a way that we can let cbs know how we feel. Amazing race went form being number one in our family to not being watched at all. It is pretty sad when you have to explain to your kids why tv says cheating is the right way to do things that the good guys always lose. I think a boycot of all cbs tv shows should be had and they should give the cow boys the money that they deserve......cheating cheating cheating what a message, way to go phil I hope this catch's up to you and your show plumits to it's finish and it is all your fault for allowing cheaters to dictate how the show works. I thought this was a USA show not Lybiaian......another viewer gone and trying to take as many with me as I can.....oh and yes we should all boycott travelocity and the ice tea (snapple)

      May 2, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  79. Cowboys RULE


    April 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Loved the Cowboys

    The show's not fun when they allow cheating. Leave the "alliances" to Survivor - a show all about cheating. The Cowboys are awesome and I hope their careers benefit from AR. But for now, which 'cheaters' do we cheer for?

    April 25, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      It was out and out cheating. Other races had penalties ascessed why not this show. The cowboys were great hearts, never complaining. This was one of the closest races I have seen in a long time. All the better for the real winners. I liked the comaraderie that is produced when teams help each other but to help someone lose? Where were the producers? They should have penalitized the cheaters. The globestrotters could have gotten ahead of another team and not u-turned the cowboys.

      April 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Robert

    it doesn't seem much fun without the cowboys now!!! is it still worth watching?

    April 25, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rusty2

      I agree with the above. I am done watching as there is not a team left that I care about. I think that giving the answers is totally wrong and the givers and takers should have been penalized and the cowboys might still have been able to pull it off. If this is the way things are going to be played I won't even bother starting to watch it next season.

      April 25, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emcee

      NO, not worth watching this season or any future seasons. I'm dropping CBS programming.

      April 26, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Bettie

      Robert I agree it is not worth watching with the cowboys out. Cheating has been allowed since the beginning of this season. We thought the teams who shared the answers would be penalized for doing so, and were shocked when they were not. Every episode there has been what I would call cheating and thought sure eventually they would be penalized. When the goth couple missed their flight, and had to take another one, they were penalized 30 minutes. That rule should have applied to those sharing answers, and to the sister who lost her map. No penalty was given to her. I think it was all unfair to the cowboys. The cowboys should be brought back on the show and given a fair chance.

      April 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  82. just me

    Giving other teams the answer is not cheating by TAR rules but I do disagree with it. I believe the whole point of the challenge is to actually do the challenge and riding the bike all the route but being told the answer isn't completing it in my book. Maybe the producers will disallow this kind of activity in future races. Love thos cowbros! Now, I hope Zev and Justin win it.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  83. AF

    I was very disappointed the other teams more or less ganged up on the Cowboys. And I agree with SW, there should be a penalty when teams cheat and give the answers to other teams. That is clearly how some of the other teams have survived right from the beginning. I will not be watching the rest of the race because I do not care who wins.

    April 25, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  84. Cowboy Fan

    I am also disappointed the cowboys were eliminated. They consistently took the high road and did so with grace and humor. The nice guys finished last...

    April 25, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  85. SW

    Phil – There should be a penalty when teams cheat by giving the answers to other teams.

    April 25, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Cowgirl

      I agree! The Cowboys were the only team not to ride off of anyone else's coat tails. If another tem benefits by being told the answer by another tem, both teams should have to incure a 30 minute penalty. It's sportsmanship. How about Mark Burnett allowing the fans to vote on a Favorite Team and giving them a Half Mil, like they did for Rupert on Survivor.

      April 25, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |


      April 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      The one thing I didn't think was fair in last night's episode was the fact that, although Gary gave the wrong answer, he did not have to ride the length of the country again. Once he was given the correct answer he merely turned around and gave the answer to Marco. It was my understanding that Phil said if they got the answer wrong they would have to do it all over again. It's little things like this that convince me that all is not right in the world of TAR!

      April 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • smith

      All teams who share answers should incur a penalty. It is cheating. The cowboys played fair and should be back in the game.

      April 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      I wonder if all you people would be so outraged about teams sharing answers if it was the Cowboys doing it? It's a race people. Get over it. They're in it for a million dollars so eliminating the Cowboys was the best move for most of the teams.

      April 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • M Cole

      Agree completely on the penalty. This was blatant cheating and I thought those teams would receive a penalty in the end, but NO, CBS just let cheating take place. This was outrageous. The cowboys have their honor and respect from the fans. Personally, I will no longer watch "Amazing Race" the rest of this season, or during any future seasons. The lack of fairness and respect was tolerated. Unacceptable.

      April 26, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  86. SW

    I was very disappointed to see the Cowboys get eliminated and I don't think it was fair. It seemed like the other teams formed a pact, helped each other but left the Cowboys to fend for themselves. There was no need for Big Easy to U-turn the Cowboys. The Cowboys worked well together, were composed and should have won the Race.

    April 25, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Tracey

      I really loved the Cowboys but I think Big Easy and Flight Time are great too. The globetrotters have helped every team without any thought and never took a stand against anyone. No one ganged up on the cowboys, Flight time pulled up and yes, they gave him the answer which isn't against the rules, not to be mean to the cowboys but because he has been a great team player and they wanted to help him, not hurt anyone else. Big Easy and Flight time never would have u-turned the cowboys unless they had no other choice so back off on those boys, they are as sweet as pie and if you haven't noticed they have hung with every team providing help when they can all the way along. Kent has got to go, that whiney little sissy climbed into the cart and Vyxin had to pull him because he is such a baby. Plus, he plays unfair so I was hoping someone would have u-turned him like he deserved to save the cowboys but I doubt anyone knew what it would come down to. Bye Cowboys, I'll miss you. Go Mallory and her Dad, Go Flight Time and Big Easy. Rock on Amazing Race!

      April 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |

    Who cares.

    April 25, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Karen Lehmann

      I am personally outraged at the contestants showing favoritism and totally booting the cowboys out! Heck, they didn't pee in public or play dirty in any way! I was shouting and screaming a the globetrotters for their lack of sportsmanship to give them one last kick in the butt with the detour. I truly hope that the universe gives them exactly what they give to others ! Television or not, this is plain old dirty pool!

      April 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cowboy fan

      I agree with everything said. Giving teams the answer sure feels like cheating to me. The U-turns always did seem like an underhanded trick to use. If I want to see cheating backstabbing and no ethics I can just live my life, I don't have to watch TV!!! I hope the ratings take a nose dive now.

      April 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deborah

      How could you not care that this show is now all about winning by cheating. Only one team left has not cheated to get where they are. It is one thing to team up with another team and worki together,it is entirely another to not complete the task and get the answer from someone else. What is amazing is how CBS allows this to continue. Yes the cowboys made a mistake but so did 4 other teams – and they did not pay for their mistake. Not sure I can watch this anymore even though it has been my favorite show for years!

      April 25, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Amazing Race is getting to be let down big time. Of course with all the PC crap going on nowadays, why should a couple of All American Good Old Boys be allowed to win?. Everyone knows that the "Race" ultimate winner is predetermined before the season starts. It's starting to get as cutthroat as Surviivor, a show that really sucks. Jet & Cord showed more class, courtesy, & consideration for everyone than all the other teams combined. Not a good example to show the youth of American that cheating & lying is truly acceptable and honesty, truth, and hard work will get you nowhere. Nice guys finish last, or in this case, not at all. I am no longer ging to watch the show. Another viewer lost, for what it's worth. Time to rethink the format a little and do away with the cutthroat businnes.. Leave that to Survivor, with their alliances and scheming & plotting.

      April 27, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat Anderson

      I am very disappointed in how the Amazing Race is being played. When they tell the teams that if they don't get the answer correct, they have to return to the beginning and start over, then that is what should happen. To allow this to happen is cheating. The uturn is a part of the game, but I feel that if everyone played fairlly, the cowboys would not have finished last. I will no longer watch this show, because I don't believe in cheating.

      April 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt long family

      our family thinks it was cheating and we are NOT watching the program any more.

      We like the cowboys ok, but it was the cheating that we did not like.

      May 1, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |

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