Linda and Karen threw their yield away.

Linda and Karen threw their yield away.
Had Linda and Karen arrived first at the final Amazing Race 5 Yield location, where Chip and Kim yielded Colin and Christie, they wouldn’t have been able to yield. That’s because they accidentally, inexplicably threw their Yield away. In a TV Guide interview, Linda explains: “At every pit stop, you have to turn in everything in your bag, all your trash and that sort of thing. So at either the first or second pit stop, we turned in our trash, and our Yield marker was in it by accident. So we didn’t have a Yield for the rest of the race! Nobody knew this! When I realized it, I called the production staff and they said they’d replace it, but in the rules, it says you can’t get a replacement. If they told me that, I would have gone and looked through the trash, because we definitely would have used it.” As the first all-female team to ever make it to the final four, they said that the sex of the team matters more than age for competitions. “…I don’t think it’s the age, I think a lot of it is having a man [on your team],” Karen says.

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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.