This week on The Amazing Race, dating divorcees Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz were eliminated after being U-Turned by Chippendale dancers, Jaymes and James.
Although Abbie and Ryan won the first leg of The Amazing Race to line themselves up for a potential $2 million prize, a series of delays and a timely U-Turn cost them their shot at the top spot.
After forming an early alliance with Team Chippendales, Abbie and Ryan fell behind the pack and found themselves racing for last place against New York farmers Josh and Brent. The Amazing Race fate of Abbie and Ryan was sealed when the Chippendales chose to U-Turn the dating couple, which immediately kept Josh and Brent in the race.
A day after their elimination from The Amazing Race 21, Abbie and Ryan filled The Deadbolt in on what happened, what went wrong, their relationship with the Chippendales, and more.
THE DEADBOLT: Do you regret teaming with Josh and Brent?
RYAN DANZ: The experience for us was so much more than just about the race or winning the money, or even the travel component. We didn’t know what to expect.
We were hoping to gain clarity with ourselves and our relationship. That in and of itself was a major blessing. We got to do something that so few people will ever get to experience. We really developed a much deeper relationship with each other through it.
Then sort of this of off-label reward was this relationship with Josh and Brent that will pay off dividends well beyond any prize money we would’ve won. So there are absolutely no regrets whatsoever with that.
THE DEADBOLT: How do you feel now about the Chippendales and their choice to use the U-Turn?
ABBIE GINSBERG: We look at it as two separate things. We knew there was a great likelihood we’d be U-Turned. So, to be bitter about a U-Turn in general, not at all. It’s part of the game.
We chose not to use the U-Turn early in the race because we didn’t need to. Had we been racing for last place, there was the potential we could have used it on another team. It’s all part of it.
We were shocked that it was them out of the people that were left. We knew that “Twinies” and “Texas” would do it in a heartbeat. But for it to come from them, we were shocked.
What you guys didn’t see was the relationship we had built with Jaymes and James pretty much from day one. We’re talking back at LAX. We said that we wanted to align with a dominant male-male team. They had come up to us and said, “You guys are strong. What do you say about helping each other out to make it to the final three?” We shook hands, all bets were off, and may the best person win. We did a lot of helping each other out along the way, little things.
THE DEADBOLT: So, what went wrong?
RYAN: We got pretty far behind leaving Turkey. There were some flight issues that you saw, and flight issues that you didn’t see, so we didn’t see them for a couple of days. They didn’t see us for a couple of days either and didn’t know what had happened. When we finally did run into each other at some point, Jaymes, blond Jaymes, comes up to us and says, “Oh my god! Thank god you’re here, I can breathe again.”
I’m only bringing this up because either he was the best actor of all-time or he genuinely cared about us. We had some concern because we were so far behind and there was a U-Turn coming up. He said, “Don’t worry about it. I know that Texas and the Twinies are plotting but we have your back. We all want to race together and race with the strongest team.”
They really wanted to take pride in beating us fair and square. So, having said that, cool! It’s definitely a mechanism in the game where we could use it. We talked in Indonesia that we just don’t believe in them as race fans.
But these guys were recruited for the show whereas Abbie and I applied as fans. They have other interests. One of the first things that Jaymes told us was this was an opportunity for him to get his own TV show. You know, it’s fine if that’s what it is but we just felt betrayed. We were sticking to our words with everyone we were talking to and holding our end of the bargain up.
THE DEADBOLT: In the end, how were you going to play things with Josh and Brent had you not been U-Turned?
RYAN: If the U-Turn didn’t happen, we basically would’ve gone to the ditch together. I think it was caught on TV that I was under the impression that they were sort of resigned to the fact that they went as far as they could go. They got as much out of the experience as they wanted to at that point.
I think we were under the impression that if we stepped on the mat at the same time – there was some rule that stated if that happened, which team would prevail – we would have been fine with moving on.
How did you feel about Abbie and Ryan getting U-Turned this week on The Amazing Race?