Phil Keoghan returns to host series' 32nd season
The “Race” is on again, though it’s taken a bit longer than expected this time.
The 32nd season of CBS’ Emmy-winning “The Amazing Race” originally was slated to premiere last spring, but ended up being delayed — likely to keep it available for a fall season when the network’s programming plans would be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Phil Keoghan-hosted competition’s latest round finally begins airing Wednesday, Oct. 14.
“I think the timing of this is perfect,” maintains the friendly Keoghan, also an “Amazing Race” executive producer. “Mental health is such an important part of us all getting through this (pandemic), and ironically, there have been some really positive things that have come about from this lockdown. It’s like the whole world got a reboot, and this forced reset has made all of us reassess what’s really important … family, and looking after each other, and caring for others.”
With so many restrictions on travel, Keoghan believes the literally globe-trotting “Amazing Race” serves an extra purpose this time.
“It’s great for us,” he reasons, “to be able to provide some escapism for viewers who can travel vicariously around the world from the comfort of their living rooms. We love that we have the show ready to go, and that people can enjoy it at a time that’s really challenging for them.”
Keoghan hasn’t been missing from screens completely in recent months: The summer contest he initiated, “Tough as Nails,” has earned a second-season renewal from CBS. For now, he’s happy to get “The Amazing Race” — which has earned 10 Emmy Awards for outstanding reality-competition series — back on the air.
“Look how much the world has changed since we first started doing the show,” he reflects. “If you didn’t turn up at a particular time on a particular day on a particular channel to see something, it was like, ‘Oh, I forgot to tape it.’ Now, you don’t have to worry about taping anything. It’s there forever, and I’ve never had fans come up to me wanting to have the show come back more than right now.”