Team Guido: villains or nice guys?

Team Guido: villains or nice guys?
Every good reality TV show needs a villain, and The Amazing Race has two great ones: Team Guido, otherwise known as Joe & Bill. The past two elimination episodes, they’ve narrowly edged out two popular teams, Nancy & Emily and Kevin & Drew, and on the show, there appeared to be not much love between the six of them. However, on The Early Show a few weeks ago, Nancy revealed that the two teams “kind of made up,” and said she recently visited and stayed overnight with Joe and Bill. Two posts in Mighty Big TV’s forums offer even more insight: In one, a high school history teacher says that after an assignment about the show led to an essay by a student who “wrote about what it was like to be a gay teen in a rural school,” Joe & Bill “have offered advice and guidance” to the student. Another post recaps Kevin & Drew’s appearance on a radio show and reveals that Team Guido will be the ring bearers at Drew’s upcoming wedding. So, while we may love to hate them on the show–a la Richard Hatch–evidence suggests they may not be all that bad in real life.

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.