Jonathan: “I do not abuse Victoria”; “I am taking full responsibly for my actions.”

Jonathan: “I do not abuse Victoria”; “I am taking full responsibly for my actions.”
The Amazing Race 6‘s Jonathan Baker naturally blames the editing for his behavior, but he can’t blame the editing for the physical violence he demonstrated during Tuesday’s episode, when he shoved his wife Victoria while screaming at her. (Having dropped his pack, she picked it up to prevent it from being stolen, and that caused them to drop behind in a footrace. TVgasm has the footage in the middle of its recap.) For his behavior, Jonathan blames medication and stress, and he also manages to apologize while still blaming CBS. Early this morning, Jonathan posted a message to their web site that responds to the episode:

London 2:20am

All of us have our faults. Unfortunately for me millions of viewers art getting to see mine each week. I do not abuse Victoria, what you see is a heighten version of stress and obsession mix with medication for a sickness called Sarcoidosis. What was stared as a publicity stunt turn in to an obsession to race and be first at any cost. I set out to be the Villain to others not to Victoria. Victoria and I are working on our relationship to better our self and learn form our mistakes. I am taking full responsibly for my actions on screen. Please allow me to make the effort.

I am deeply sadden by the storyline that CBS went with. I am sorry for my actions, I am sorry to Victoria. Most all I am sorry to the Fans of the Amazing Race.

Jonathan

As horrifying as his behavior was, should it have been shown on TV? The Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network’ Vickii Coffey says no, although she didn’t see the episode. “By televising this, what we do is say? This is OK? Because nobody is doing anything about it. Nobody is addressing it on the show. Abuse is a learned behavior. We learn to be violent because we’re taught in different ways in our culture to normalize certain things,” she tells the Chicago Tribune. Phil did address Jonathan’s behavior, sort of: When Victoria walked off the mat crying, Phil told Jonathan, “I think you probably should go and talk to Victoria.”

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