'The Amazing Race' Exit Interview: Ethan and Jenna
Ex-'Survivor' winners Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca are the first team eliminated
By Diane Vadino
Special to MSN TV
Ex-"Survivor" winners Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca were the first team eliminated from this season of "The Amazing Race." This is despite the fact that they actually came in next-to-last -- in front of fellow eliminees Ron and Bill.
We spoke to the dating couple and CBS reality TV veterans about the differences between the sweet-natured "Race" and "cut-throat" (says Jenna) "Survivor" -- and how they actually lost Sunday night, because we watched it, and we had no idea until they filled us in.
MSN TV: What happened last night?
Jenna: We just had the world's worst taxi driver.
From the train station in Jakarta to the rappelling Roadblock?
Jenna: Everywhere! We had to keep the same taxi driver the whole time -- from the train station to the place we were rappelling to the orphanage -- and he just had no idea where he was going. We kept pulling over to get directions -- he would get the directions in his language, and then he would still have no idea where he was going.
How soon did you know the driver was going to be a problem?
Jenna: The minute we got in. It was like he was from a different planet.
And you couldn't change drivers?
Ethan: There just weren't any opportunities to. When we were rappelling, we were in the middle of nowhere. We pulled over and had people write the directions down for him, but nothing worked. I may have even raised my voice. The problem was that he kept saying he knew where everything was -- but he didn't.
There seemed to be some sort of effort on the show's part to make it look like the problem was when you dropped the clue, but that didn't seem to take very long.
Jenna: That took like two minutes. We didn't have it, we went back, we found it. It was literally about a minute.
Things might have been different if you'd read that clue about handing over all your money correctly.
Jenna: Well, we gave more than our tips -- we gave all our converted money.
So in addition to what you made on the street, you had additional money in Indonesian rupiahs that you gave to the orphanage?
Ethan: Exactly. You just change money over when you go through the airport. We only kept a few dollars that we hadn't converted. And on the show, the clue is, like, underlined and highlighted -- it wasn't like that there.
Did any of the other teams make that mistake?
Jenna: I don't think so. We just didn't think on "The Amazing Race" that you'd get the next clue if you'd done something wrong.
It seems like a really hard way to leave the show.
Jenna: I prefer "Survivor."
Jenna: I just really prefer to have more things under my control.
Ethan: I'd probably pick "Survivor" too. Being lost, tired, hungry, in a foreign country where you don't speak the language -- it's like my worst nightmare.
Jenna: People [on "TAR"] aren't as cutthroat as they are on "Survivor." But I like being cutthroat!
Which of you said to the other that you wanted to be on the race?
Ethan: Actually, it was CBS who approached us. They were aware of some of the publicity around my fight with cancer. [Zohn battled non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year; it is currently in remission.]
What’s next for you two?
Jenna: We’re working on our show, “Everyday Health” for ABC. Check your local listings. And we’re working on our own reality TV show, and a book, and a big sponsorship we’ll be able to talk about next week.
So it sounds like you’ll have plenty to do, with or without the race.
Jenna: Well, you know, Kim Kardashian got kicked off “Dancing With the Stars” third. And she’s doing fine.
"The Amazing Race" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.