The Amazing Race 16 winners Dan and Jordan Pious appeared Monday on CBS’ The Early Show to claim their million dollars. Brothers Jet and Cord McCoy also appeared on the morning program since they finished second. There was controversy over Dan and Jordan Pious’ win of The Amazing Race 16, because they cut in line at the Shanghai airport, then schemed their way in to First Class seating so they could bolt out of the plane once it landed in San Francisco, a lead which they never relinquished in the finale. But did Harry Smith of The Early Show challenge either set of brothers about the controversy? No. The co-anchor lobbed “softball” questions at the quartet before the winners’ mother presented the check.
Harry Smith Conducts “White Wash” Interview with The Amazing Race 16 Winners Dan and Jordan Pious Plus Runners Up Jet and Cord McCoy
Even though the McCoys expressed their dismay at the Shanghai airport for the tactics used by the Pious brothers, the quartet sat together on The Early Show and were very cordial with each other. And with Harry Smith asking nothing but “rear end kissing” questions, this interview left much to be desired. Dan asserted that during The Amazing Race 16, “our bond is unbreakable (with his brother)” and said his favorite parts of the race included the “the last leg” and the time spent in the Seychelles. Jordan quipped that their strategy in winning was initially not “to be seen as a huge threat (by the others).”
Even though the McCoy brothers were the victims of what’s been argued as underhanded tactics used in The Amazing Race, Episode 12 by the Pious brothers, they were very thankful for being a part of the program. Jet described his experience on the show as “indescribable” and “like having kids” in that one has to go through it to understand such as people do with parenthood. Cord asserted that his team got as far as they did because, “Jet and I kinda knew what was going on.”
The Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith should ask himself why he conducted such a joke of an interview. Why can’t these television personalities ask the questions that the fans want asked instead of “foot kissing” their way through six to seven minutes of air time? The Episode 12 controversy of The Amazing Race 16 is going to be talked about for a long time by viewers, even though Harry Smith avoided the subject like hair avoids the top of his head.
For a recap of Episode 12, go here.
Dan, Jordan Pious and Jet, Cord McCoy Interview, The Early Show, May 10, 2010, CBS