The Amazing Race 4: An Interview with Jon & Kellyby Phil Kural -- 09/03/2003
Sentimental favorites of mine, Kelly & Jon made it to the final leg of the race only to come in second place. Even though they got lost more times than they could count, bickered almost every leg, and made fun of other teams, they still managed to have a great time take the whole experience for what it was. In this interview, we get to see more of their comical nature, not to mention finding out what a frozen enema is!
RNO: Wow, I finally get to ask you guys some questions. I guess what I want to know first off is: Do either of you read my articles on RealityNewsOnline or understand how much I love you two?
Kelly: Yes, yes, yes! You were the only one we read because you were the only one who liked us! So, thanks!
Jon: I enjoyed reading your articles in the beginning, but I have to admit I got a little jealous of your infatuation with Kelly.
Kelly: But I liked it!
RNO: Between saving money, the language barrier, getting directions, and following maps, what would you say was the biggest challenge to your team?
Jon: You forgot one more to add to the list… keeping Kelly heavily medicated.
Kelly: I don’t think that was very funny, Jon, but true.
RNO: Either physical or mental challenges, which roadblock and detour did you feel were the hardest?
Kelly: I’d have to say the face-first rappel. I cried when I saw that episode and so did my sisters. I was oh-so scared!
Jon: Swimming under the ice in Korea was really tough physically and mentally.
RNO: Do you think you were edited to make it look like you bickered too much or got lost too many times, or was that an accurate portrayal?
Kelly: Hate to say it, but it was dead on.
Jon: Very accurate! Kelly doesn’t shut the hell up!
Kelly: Uuuhhhh… Jon is sleeping in the “I’m sorry” room tonight.
RNO: It was nice to see that even though you two did make a fair amount of mistakes during the race, you still rolled with it while laughing and joking at most of your fumbles. Was part of your strategy to try and not get upset, or were the mistakes really that funny?
Jon: One of the keys for me was to have a sense of humor going into the race. If you can’t laugh at yourself then who can you laugh at, besides Millie. He-he!
Kelly: Jon really is a funny guy, but on the race I think it was more for my benefit. There were times (example: 27-hour train ride in India) when I was about to lose it and he would do or say the dumbest things that would just crack me up and make me forget I was upset.
RNO: Did you realize how far behind you David & Jeff were, or was that the least of your worries?
Jon: We knew they made a mistake by going to Sydney and it was nice to know the race was down to two teams.
RNO: Do you plan on going back to any of the countries that you visited during the race to do a little more sight seeing?
Kelly: I love Australia! I want to go back and explore.
Jon: I think we’re gonna go back to India for our honeymoon to this all-inclusive train tour.
RNO: Jon, was there any other reason besides not getting your underwear dirty as to why you did the last roadblock in the buff?
Jon: No, and I knew CBS wouldn’t have to do too much editing because I’m hung like a pimple.
RNO: In episode three, when you slid down the snowy hill on your rears when you were supposed to use rafts, how much did that hurt?
Kelly: A lot.
Jon: Have you ever had a frozen enema?
RNO: You said that the race made you stronger as a couple. Do you feel that the race crippled anyone as a team or their relationship in general?
Kelly: Even we felt a little bit of pressure on our relationship. Having people analyze how you are and if you belong together really can get to you. That’s why we only read your articles, Phil.
Jon: I think it hurt most of the teams, except Debra and Steve.
RNO: I know you have so many fun moments from the race, but what was the one single thing that really made you smile and realize what kind of experience you were having, in other words, what was your favorite moment of the race?
Kelly: Mine was the poo pile in Amsterdam. Until that moment, I had never gagged and laughed at the same time.
Jon: I have to agree with Kelly on this one. We had a lot of fun that leg.
RNO: I understand that the relationship that you had with Reichen & Chip was purely out of fun and not spite. However, you made several cracks on Millie & Chuck. Do you regret them now, or is it still funny when you think about it?
Kelly: We apologized to them for hurting their feelings.
Jon: I still think it’s hilarious! Some of those shots of Chuck on the train looked right out of “Thriller.”
RNO: Out of curiosity, is there a date for the wedding yet?
Jon: Yes, on our five-year anniversary in the spring.
Kelly: But it won’t be a fancy, schmancy one!
RNO: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to any of your fans. Me being one of your biggest, we want you to know you did an awesome job running the race!
Kelly: Well, I just finished a children’s book about what I took away from the race and it’s in the publishing process. Hopefully it will be out soon. I would, also, like to say how much I love you, Phil, and thanks for sticking by us.
Jon: Yeah, I love you too, Phil, in a heterosexual male kind of way, and thanks to all our fans, if we have any more.
RNO: Thank you both so much for taking time out of your busy schedules to answer my questions. You know I’m a huge fan and it means so much to me. You two did great and it was a blast to meet you at TARCon. I was so happy to see that you two were just as funny in person as you were on the show, and such nice people! Good luck in the future!
Phil Kural is a senior at Temple University, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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