From bearded besties to NFL football players: Phil Keoghan says diversity is key to ‘The Amazing Race’

From bearded besties to NFL football players: Phil Keoghan says diversity is key to ‘The Amazing Race’
by: Sheri Block

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From bearded best friends and small town Oklahoma oilfield workers to NFL football players, Season 23 of “The Amazing Race” definitely has an eclectic group of teams.

“We’ve always prided ourselves on ‘Amazing Race’ in having diversity in terms of the cast,” says host Phil Keoghan, in an interview at  

To watch the interview with Phil and the Season 23 teams click here

Enter Brandon Squyres and Adam Switzer – childhood friends from Chico, Calif., who wonder if the other teams are going to think they’re homeless, due to their long beards and shaggy hair. 

“I’m pretty sure (people) think we’re all out metal rockstars,” says Brandon. 

“We’ve got caught naked several different places by the police,” adds Adam. 

Theatre performers Rowan Joseph and Shane Partlow, who have a show called “The Queen of Bingo” that they’ve been touring for the past 10 years, are also bringing a lighter side to the cast.  

“Humour is a key part of our show. We love humour,” says Phil. 

Other teams include “baseball bunnies” Nicole Getz and Kim DeJesus, former NFL players Chester Pitts and Ephraim Salaam, married ER doctors Nicole and Travis Jasper and exes Tim Sweeney and Marie Mazzocchi.

“Some of the teams have said they will see me yelling at him and ‘Oh my God we feel bad for him, she’s always screaming.’ What they don’t see is the reason I’m screaming,” insists Marie.

So how will these teams fare over four continents and nine countries? 

“Imagine the most stressful trip you’ve ever been on and multiply it by 10. That’s ‘The Amazing Race,’” says Phil. 

WATCH: The Season 23 premiere

BIOS: Learn more about the Season 23 teams 

“The Amazing Race” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV. Full episodes are also available online at 


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