'Amazing Race' host Phil Keoghan takes his father for a ride
Tyrone Warner, CTV.ca
The 13th season of The Amazing Race sends host Phil Keoghan to his homeland. And on Sunday night, viewers will see his father serving as the official greeter at the end of this leg.
"It was one of those moments in your life when you realize that it doesn't get much better than that," Keoghan tells CTV.ca. He was thrilled to see his father standing on the mat.
"I would never imagine in a million years he and I would be standing there."
On "The Amazing Race" teams tackle absurd challenges as they race around the world for their chance at a US$1 million prize. At the end of each episode, teams land on a mat at the finish line, where they are welcomed by a local greeter, then informed by Keoghan how they rated in the race.
The episode, entitled "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?" sees the racers leave South America for a whole new adventure on the other side of the world. Keoghan, who also serves as a producer on The Amazing Race, personally scouted the show's route through the country.
This is the show's third visit to the area and Keoghan knew that this time around he had to invite his father to be on the show.
"I've taken him on a number of adventures, and when I asked him, he couldn't get on a plane fast enough to get up there and be a part of it," says the host.
Last week self-professed geeks Mark Yturralde and Bill Kahler were eliminated in Bolivia.
"The Amazing Race," which won the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition for the sixth year in a row, airs Sunday nights on CTV.http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/show/CTVShows/20081017/phil_new_zealand_081017/20081017/