Chip, Reichen are kind of still together; finale highest rated since first episode.

Chip, Reichen are kind of still together; finale highest rated since first episode.

On their Early Show appearance Friday, The Amazing Race 4 winners Reichen Lehmkuhl and Chip Arndt appeared without their wedding bands, fueling rumors that the two are no longer together. “Rumors in the gay press were based on our discussion of stresses in our relationship,” Reichen told the Orlando Sentinel’s Hal Boedeker. “What put stress on the relationship was we had to keep the secret [about the show's outcome]. As it stands, we love each other. We’re committed to make sure the other person is happy,” he says.

However, in an interview with The Advocate, Reichen says, when people ask, “‘Are you together?’ The answer is, ‘No, not all the time.’ We’re still working things through. It’s been a tough time.” As for their post-show careers, Reichen “will appear in the season premiere of Frasier” and Chip “has written a script for a series.”

Also in The Advocate interview, he says editing “didn’t show this amazing, really funny friendship that we had developed with Kelly and Jon.”

And with 9.6 million viewers, the finale was the highest-rated ep since the premiere, and the number one show in its time slot.

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