‘The Amazing Race’ is back in action — but not for all. The season 24 premiere brought back 22 fan favorites for the All-Stars season, but one contestant was sent home before the race even started!
On your mark, get set, go! — home? Season 24 launched on the fast track on Feb. 24, with host Phil Keoghan welcoming the 11 returning duos to UCLA’s campus for the first competition of The Amazing Race. But emotions got heavy before the teams even hit the field when Phil announced that one all star would not be eligible to compete this season, due to an inflamed pancreas.
‘The Amazing Race’ Sends Home William “Bopper” Minton
William “Bopper” Minton, who was set to compete with his best friend and fellow Kentucky native from season 20, Mark Jackson, let cameras into Los Angeles’ Cedars Sinai Medical Center, the night before the season’s start, where he was being examined for severe stomach pains. Unfortunately, the pain — and the emotional scene — only got worse when it was determined that the lovable 43-year-old’s tummy would take a fatal toll on his place in the race.
Bopper’s teammate, Mark, was given the option to keep on racing without his bromantic bud, and although it was a tough pill to swallow, the diagnosis ultimately lead to a new team. Bring in another Kentucky alum: Mallory Ervin from season 17 and 18!
Back on the track, the players, including Mark and Mallory, fought their way to the finish line, in search for Chinese symbols, which would lead them to their next stop, Guangzhou, China. It was a long an emotional trip to China, as the competitors mourned Bopper’s unfortunate elimination, but once they landed across the world, the competition was back into the full swing of things.
Who Else Was Eliminated?
By episode’s end, brothers Jet and Cord McCoy landed on top, and twins Natalie and Nadiya Anderson were sent home. We’re sorry to see the Anderson ladies go, but we think that Bopper’s send-off was much more of a tear-jerker!
Like a true team player, Bopper took to his Twitter to ensure viewers that he’s doing just fine, thanking his fans for their support. “Thank you all for the kind words,” Bopper tweeted late Sunday night. “But watch out I have something good coming for TV land!”
No word yet on the details of Bopper’s future TV career, but we sure are glad that he’s on the road to recovery and in good spirits!
HollywoodLifers, are you still excited for The Amazing Race All-Stars, even without Bopper? And were you sad to see Natalie and Nadiya go home?
— Elizabeth Wagmeister
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