a conversation with The Amazing Race 6′s Jonathan Baker and Victoria Fuller.
A few weeks ago, I heard from The Amazing Race 6‘s Victoria and Jonathan, who I certainly haven’t been shy about criticizing. They offered an interview; I accepted. There were questions I wanted to ask that other interviews avoided, and while I don’t shy away from my past criticism of what we saw on TV, I was certainly interested in both hearing what they had to say and examining reality TV from a different perspective.
The result of the conversation is a feature story for MSNBC.com that will be published today or tomorrow. But as I spoke to Jonathan for more than an hour, and Victoria for about a half-hour, the interview clocks in at nearly 19,000 words. Of course, I couldn’t possibly use all of that in a 1,500 word piece, so, like a reality TV editor, I had to make choices about what to include while crafting the piece. Since there’s a lot of interesting information, and because Jonathan in particular was concerned about how I presented the information (“I hope you’re not gonna bamboozle me,” he said), the whole interview is presented here, raw and unedited, so you can make your own decisions as to how I represented our conversation. (Thanks to my talented sister Beth Dehnart for assisting with the transcription.)
One note: Because human beings don’t talk in full sentences, journalists and writers often “clean up” speech, so what you see here is everything that the three of us said, with the exception of stutters and “um”-type pauses, which have been (inconsistently) removed. Despite this, the interview stands as solid evidence that I’m destined to write, because in addition to having a voice like a Muppet, I’m apparently completely incapable of constructing a sentence without inserting “you know,” “like,” and “sort of” as every other word. Mad props to Anderson Cooper and everyone else who does this interviewing thing for a living.
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