‘Amazing Race’ winners Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney wed in San Diego

They didn't race to the altar, but Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney still had a pretty amazing wedding nonetheless. The couple, who won the 15th season of "The Amazing Race" in 2009, married at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego on Saturday, People.com reported. Their "I do" moment was reportedly witnessed by more than 200 friends and family, including several of their former competitors. Professional poker players Tiffany Michelle and Maria Ho, former married couple Brian Kleinschmidt and Ericka Dunlap, and brothers Sam and Dan McMillen (who finished the race in second place) were also included in the bridal party. "It has been perfect," Whitney told People. "The ceremony couldn't have been better." In fact, the pair didn't let Rickey's sore throat hold them back. "I'm a little bit hoarse, a little sick, but I'm excited," she told the site. "This is our day!" PHOTOS: CELEBRITY ENGAGEMENT RINGS Rickey, who wore a strapless satin dress that featured a jeweled bodice and sweetheart neckline, received a platinum wedding band to match her engagement ring. Like his bride's bling, Whitney's band also featured diamonds. "I couldn't let Meghan have all the fun, so I got a little bling myself," he said. The two shared their first dance to Bob Marley's "Is This Love" and indulged in everything from truffle macaroni and cheese to a vanilla-bean sour cream cake. Whitney proposed to Rickey, his childhood friend, in March 2010, revealing that he had been planning the moment since their "Amazing Race" journey had ended a few months prior. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Jon Gosselin ‘Survivor,’ ‘Amazing Race’ rumors not true: rep

Sorry Octo-haters, you won't get that chance watch Jon Gosselin chow down on bugs or suffer Ed Hardy-withdrawal on an island, after all. Rumors spread Friday that the ex-star of TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8" was in talks with CBS to appear on a celebrity edition of "Survivor" or "Amazing Race." Unfortunately for those hoping to see Jon Gosselin stretch his 15 minutes even further, his rep told Access Hollywood the reports are "100 percent not true."Maybe he's holding out for "The Bachelor"? Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘Amazing Race’ runnerup Jaime Faith Edmondson bares it all as Playboy’s Miss January

Growing up, Jaime Faith Edmondson wanted to go into law enforcement and someday be an undercover agent. Ironically, rather than going unexposed as a secret agent, Edmondson has gone in the opposite direction. Last season she gained a huge following - and exposure - en route to a runnerup spot in CBS' "Amazing Race 14" and now she's Playboy's Miss January, in the issue hitting newsstands this week. "I grew up with a family of police officers," she says of the career path. "If I went to a barbecue as a child, they were all police officers, too. That's all I ever knew. That was literally the only occupation I knew." She did get into law enforcement for a while as a police officer in Florida, but, she says, because she'd also been a Miami Dolphins cheerleader, those on the force made it an uncomfortable experience. She then returned to the Dolphins. Edmondson said applying for "The Amazing Race" wasn't an effort to expand her media exposure, but rather she was in it for the competition. She convinced pal Cara Rosenthal to be her partner on the show. "I just wanted to be part of this amazing adventure," she says now. "They picked us, which I didn't think would happen on the first time. My partner had never seen the show. But I told her I really think we could win." And they almost did. "I never really saw all of this happening," Edmondson says of the show and now Playboy. "Every time I make a plan in life, it goes another way." Soon after "The Amazing Race" ended, the folks at Playboy were asking for both women to appear in the magazine. "She said no," Edmondson says. "She's in law school and hopes to be governor someday." As for herself, Edmondson says she was surprised by the offer. "I never saw this coming down the road," she says. "Here I find myself going to be on newsstands on my 31st birthday." Since leaving "The Amazing Race," Edmondson has spent months in Los Angeles at the Playboy Mansion working on the photo shoot and Continue Reading

New York couple braves five continents on CBS’s ‘Amazing Race’

He's a hard-core fitness fanatic who says what's on his mind regardless of the consequences.She's a feisty former Wall Street analyst who has traveled the world and wears her emotions on her sleeve. Meet Terence Gerchberg and Sarah Leshner, a New York couple whose experiences competing against 10 other teams in an around-the-world test of endurance and cunning on CBS' hit show "The Amazing Race" will premiere Sunday night. The reality show, in its 13th season, took contestants across five continents, and proved to be a severe test for Gerchberg and Leshner's budding relationship. "We had a lot of drama," Leshner, 31, told the Daily News. "We're very hysterical and very intense, and whatever was going on, we were screaming." After dating for just a couple of months, Gerchberg, 35, and Leshner went on a hastily planned trip to Russia and Latvia last year. Their friends marveled at how well they traveled together, prompting one pal to suggest that the new couple try out for the show. Days later, Gerchberg, a marathon runner, had downloaded the application materials and began filming an audition video that turned out better than either expected. "We're definitely going to get picked," Gerchberg told Leshner at the time. After the call came this March, the couple began a training regimen that was part boot camp, part "Little House on the Prairie." They worked out nearly every day, hitchhiked across Pennsylvania, milked cows and climbed a mountain. Gerchberg and Leshner also became students of the show. They watched every episode from every season and even went so far as to draw up spreadsheets detailing all of the different types of challenges. Still, once the competition began, they realized one crucial component had been left out of their preparation: sleep-deprivation training. At times, the stress and frustration felt by the couple boiled over, bringing Leshner to tears on more than one occasion. "Until we got into a groove, which I do think we got into, it was just Continue Reading

Free thinker from ‘Amazing Race’ goes global

Winning the second edition of "Amazing Race" gave Alex Boylan a love of television. So when he and two others got an idea for traveling around the globe for free, they figured a network would immediately jump on board. He was wrong. "We pitched it as a full, multiplatform experience," Boylan says. "People wouldn't bite." So he did it anyway. On Sept. 10, 2007, Boylan and the show's producer and cameraman, Zsolt Luka, set out from New York to circle the globe without a penny. The goal, he said, was to use social networks to line up rides, boats and places to stay. The two made it, ending Feb. 17, 2008, after 45,000 miles, 159 days and 16 countries. They eventually sold the show to WGN America, which launches "Around the World for Free" Thursday at 9 p.m. During the trip, Boylan had a tie-in with CBS' "The Early Show" that included a live shot every two weeks on the trip and an online tie-in, but no commitment to air the final product. The idea to make the trip was hatched in 2007, between Boylan, Luka and executive producer Burton Roberts. "We were just really big fans of travel, but we were kind of sick of what we were seeing for travel," he says. "We wanted to create an experience where the people were with locals all the way." And that's what Boylan and Luka did, pressing friends and online followers to help them make the next step all along the way. "I'm not a host. The audience really is the host," Boylan says, adding that it was peoples' interactions with him online that determined where he went. For instance, in the first episode he goes from New York to Florence, S.C., and on to Florida. The trip then heads to the Caribbean and into South America, and on to Africa, Southeast Asia and elsewhere. Boylan said there were tough times, but he never thought they wouldn't make it. "If we were ever stuck, the audience would step up," he said. It wasn't a cakewalk, though. He was in Kenya when riots broke out. Still, "I Continue Reading

Locals to be on ‘Amazing Race’

Three New Yorkers, including Broadway actor Nick Spangler, have made the cut to compete on the upcoming season of CBS' "The Amazing Race." Spangler, 22, who is currently starring as Matt in the Off-Broadway revival of "The Fantasticks," will pair with his sister Starr, 21, who is from Fort Worth, Tex., and a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. Terence, 35, and Sarah, 31, are both from New York and will also compete as a pair. They have been dating for almost a year. Terence is a running coach and Sarah works on Wall St. as an investment analyst. "The Amazing Race" kicks off its 13th edition at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, on Sept. 28 at 8. Dots all ... The Travel Channel's "Passport to Great Weekends" series, hosted by Samantha Brown, will feature Brown's hometown of Brooklyn. The Sept. 4 episode, which airs at 10, will highlight Brown's favorite shops, restaurants and bars in the borough. ... Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Taylor shows up in today's episode of "Sesame Street," while soccer great David Beckham is scheduled to be on the children's program Friday. ... NBC has teamed up with Ford Motor Co. and Yates Racing to sponsor a No. 28 "Knight Rider" car that will be driven by Travis Kvapil in Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "Knight Rider" premieres Sept. 24. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘Amazing Race’ pedaling trek tested his mettle

"Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan just logged 3,500 miles on a bike ride across America. And he's not doing it again. Ever. "It was the toughest physical and mental challenge of my life, no doubt about it," Keoghan said Friday. "It was everything I thought it would be and so much more." The trip took 42 days, and along the way Keoghan visited 39 cities. He also detoured to a Nebraska hospital when he got hit with a nasty virus. "I couldn't stop," Keoghan said. "I didn't know if I could stick to the schedule." The trip started as a joint promotion for "Amazing Race," which has its season finale on CBS tomorrow night at 8, and for Now One Square Meal Bars, which he munches on trips to avoid local foods and ruining production on "Amazing Race." The ride was also a benefit for MS. Yet, despite help from GNC stores, CBS and other supporters, Keoghan said it probably cost he and his wife $100,000 of their own money. Along the way, he was invited into homes and talked with people dealing with MS. He also blogged, Twittered and Facebooked each night. "I wasn't sure how they would respond, to be honest," he said. "I was surprised by the reaction. I had no idea it would have this much impact." Keoghan traveled with a core group that included his father, who drove a truck pulling an Airstream trailer, a cameraperson, an editor, a publicist from CBS and, leading the way, a former highway patrolman. The experience reminded him he was "vulnerable like everybody," he said. "To take yourself to that place mentally and physically, you really do realize how fragile life is." It wasn't so much the riding that got him but, after he got off the bike, dealing with media requests and keeping the online community abreast of the trip. The journey ended Friday when Keoghan turned up on CBS' "The Early Show." "I'm in a recovery mode," he said. "I'll never bike across America again," he said. "I'm done with that. It's something I can tick off my list, something Continue Reading

‘Amazing Race’ continues to travel well

"The Amazing Race." Sunday night at 8, CBS. Five years ago, the Emmy folks established a new category, awarding a statuette for Outstanding Reality Competition Program. For five straight years, the same show has won: "The Amazing Race," which returns for its 12th cycle Sunday night at 8 on CBS. It's returning earlier than expected, rushed onto the schedule because CBS killed "Viva Laughlin" in the same time slot. Coming off the bench is a much stronger, better show. The opening hour, which this year introduces 11 teams of two globetrotting competitors, is solid enough. Loyal "Race" viewers, though, know that, as with "Survivor," the show really picks up as the herd starts to thin. At the start, the dynamics tend to fall into familiar refrains: guys who won't stop and ask for directions, young women who intend to flirt their way to the front, and teams that steal other teams' taxicabs. If they'd paid attention to other seasons of this show, they'd know that wrong turns can kill you, flirting doesn't work in cold rainy climates, and, as on "My Name Is Earl," karma has a way of leveling the playing field. New elements this time include some of the locations, starting with a first-leg hop from Los Angeles to Ireland, and some of the more aggressively cast teams. One team, two ministers married to each other, roam the Irish countryside remarking on the beauty of God's landscapes - and they're lesbians. Another team is made up of two goth competitors who sport lots of makeup - and one's a guy. "We're kind of like little gothic Energizer bunnies," explains one. Well, it explains the pink, anyway. Other teams include the standard bickering lovers, father-daughter pairings and even a grandpa-grandson duo. The father of the father-daughter team celebrates one happy moment by asking his offspring, "Who's your daddy?" Kind of creepy, but also kind of funny. Funniest of all, though, is a task requiring teams to lead a donkey from one point to another. One donkey can't be Continue Reading


THE AMAZING RACE 9. Tonight at 9, CBS. 3 Stars. The old saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Well, "The Amazing Race" wasn't broke, but in the last cycle, CBS tried to fix it - and drained all the fun out of it. But after a disastrous "family edition" in which whiny parents dragged along their whinier offspring, and in which most of the irritating action took place in the continental United States, "The Amazing Race 9," which begins tonight, rights all the wrongs. In other words, "The Amazing Race" ain't broke anymore. CBS, Jerry Bruckheimer and his co-executive producers have fixed it. Well, almost. After tonight's two-hour premiere, the network moves "The Amazing Race" to a later time slot at 10 p.m. - a waste for a series that, while not fun to watch when families are on it, is a terrific show for the whole family to watch together. By keeping it until the final hour of prime time on a weeknight, a lot of younger viewers might be locked out of the experience. At least it's an experience worth experiencing again. This ninth edition of "The Amazing Race" begins in Denver, but immediately sends its 11 two-member teams - teams easily typed and nicknamed as the nerds, the frat boys, the blonds and so on - off to Sao Paulo, Brazil. The game is afoot so quickly that the players don't even get to introduce themselves to one another until jockeying for position at the airport ticket counters. Lake Garner, a dentist, introduces himself to Ray Whitty, a lawyer, who's having difficulty catching Gardner's first name. "Lake," Garner finally says. "Like the ocean." Whitty nods. "Ray," he replies. "Like the sun." That made me laugh. So did the so-called "hippie" team, long-haired fun guys B.J. Averell and Tyler MacNiven, who could barely contain themselves when meeting the clad-in-pink blond team, Danielle Torchio and Danielle Turner. Learning that the shapely women both were named Danielle, the boys asked them, "Can we call you the Double Continue Reading

WATCH: ‘The Amazing Race’ winner and fiancée star in epic Save the Date video

No one ever said that planning a wedding was easy. Tyler MacNiven. 34, and Kelly Hennigan, 32, take the chaos — and creativity — to the extreme, broadcasting the date of their special day in a blissfully illustrative three-minute action film. The San Francisco couple cast themselves in the roles of highly trained spies. Dressed in their wedding attire, they storm a remote location near San Francisco in an effort to “save” the purloined date of their wedding, which has been secreted away in a white envelope. Hopefully, the danger they evade in the video is not a harbinger for their actual marriage — but if it is, the duo has more than demonstrated they can take care of each other. MacNiven, who won the reality television show “The Amazing Race” in 2006 with his pal B.J. Averell, works beautifully alongside his fiancée, taking down bad guys with Hennigan’s garter and veil as they chase down their stolen date. MacNiven told the Daily News the couple came up with the idea for a “Mission Impossible”-type video when they were out for a run. They quickly assembled their friends and family and shot it a month ago, he said. MacNiven’s future brother-in-law, a former WWE wrestler who used the name John Morrison, choreographed all of the fight scenes, he said. “We both like a good pun,” he said. “So we decided why not make a video about us saving the date?” They pull out all the stops, using an exploding wedding cake to escape a dangerous ambush, then fleeing the scene aboard a luxury ship and celebrating their success sipping champagne with friends. After the two have finally escaped danger, they open the envelope to reveal their wedding date (for those keeping score, it’s Sept. 26). The video does not include the location, which is probably a good thing since the couple is shocked to discover how popular it has Continue Reading