The Amazing Race will be returning for season 36 next month (Picture: CBS)
After more than 20 years of presenting the Amazing Race, there are still challenges that host Phil Keoghan would absolutely never try out himself.
Over the years, viewers have seen contestants run around the world, and getting insanely lost – in the US version of the hit competition show, Race Across The World – while taking on wild challenges in the hopes of winning a $1million prize.
The clip of Claire Champlin accidentally catapulting a watermelon into her own face in 2010 will continue to live rent free in our minds.
Ahead of season 36 premiering on March 13 on CBS, the presenter looked back at some of the most iconic moments he has seen.
When asked about the tasks he is delighted to sit out on, the 56-year-old didn’t hesitate for a second before sharing: ‘I’m not so much into the food [challenges], like that tarantula last season.
‘When you get to the body and it’s all milky and icky and gooey? I’m not into that.
‘But adventure stuff? I’m the first to put up my hand.’
Phil has been a staple of the show since it first hit our screens in 2001, and manages to balance being sympathetic to contestants while also subtly calling out their flaws and calamitous mistakes.
Despite being on air for almost 23 years, fans are clearly still hooked as Variety reports ratings were reportedly ‘significantly larger’ for season 35 on Paramount+ last year than the previous series.
Phil Keoghan has become a staple of our screens (Picture: CBS)
‘I just think that people are seeing more of the world, they’re hearing more about the world, they’re getting more of The Amazing Race, so we get a chance to slow things down a little bit,’ the host continued to Entertainment Tonight of the success. ‘The audience is really responding.
‘I’m getting dizzy going round and round and round the world.’
Thankfully, there is no finish line in sight, with the next batch of contestants kicking off their race next month.
The official synopsis reads: ‘The Amazing Race is a multiple Emmy Award-winning reality series hosted by Emmy Award-nominated host Phil Keoghan, where teams of two embark on a trek around the world.
Phil is set to lead a new batch of Racers around the world (Picture: CBS)
‘At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location.
‘Teams that are the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning The Amazing Race and the $1million prize.’
Let’s maybe steer clear of the watermelons this year…
The Amazing Race season 36 premieres on March 13.
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