In late February 2020, the first place crew checked into the third pit cease—an undisclosed location in Glasgow, Scotland—on a race round the world. Eighteen months, various days and some hours later, they, together with six different groups, left from a location in Zurich, Switzerland, after what was undoubtedly The Amazing Race‘s longest pit cease ever.
“It was so weird because I’m standing there for the restart and it’s like no time had passed at all,” the Emmy-amassing sequence’ longtime host, Phil Keoghan, recalled to E! News of resuming work on season 33 (premiering on CBS Jan. 5 at 8 p.m.) after their prolonged COVID-induced pause. “And then you process what’s happened in that 19 months. And it’s so much.”
What began with weeks of second-guessing (“Now it’s easy to say, ‘Oh, it was the right decision,'” mentioned Keoghan about being certainly one of the first actuality reveals to tug the plug on filming. “But at the time, you can understand why some people were like, ‘Are you sure we need to do this?'”) bled into months of merely ready and hoping as the complete world shut down.