Jaime refuses to answer questions about her behavior; Margie and Luke “regret” fight with Kisha and Jen

In the most ironic and most self-unaware post-Amazing Race interview ever, Jaime Edmondson–who spent most of the season berating cab drivers and other locals before redeeming herself during the finale–refused to answer questions about her behavior, and complained about the way she’s being treated.

During Jaime and Cara’s conversation with Reality TV World, Jaime admits she called 911 for directions in Hawaii (and I was joking when I suggested she was the type of person to call 911 instead of using Google), and has the nerve to get hostile when challenged as to why she, as a former police officer, would do such a ridiculously moronic thing. Instead of answering the question, Jaime says, “you’re really rubbing me the wrong way. I mean your tone and the way that you’re trying to insinuate that everything that I’m doing is wrong or bad, I don’t appreciate it” and then says, “If you’re going to treat me this way then I’m not going to have an interview with you.”

Jaime, if most people took that approach with your awful self, you and Cara never would have made it to the final three, and probably never have left the United States. Ugh, ugly hypocrite. I take back everything nice I said about her.

When asked a question about her generally ugly behavior on the race, Jaime bails on the phone call, and Cara is forced to answer the question. “Jaime didn’t hold back. Jaime was herself and I guess, you know, people have misunderstood or misinterpreted that that was the only form of communication she had was getting frustrated with the taxi cab drivers,” she said, adding that after each leg, Jaime would apologize to cab drivers she yelled at.

Meanwhile, the race’s other ugliest moment–besides nearly every moment Jaime was on screen–was the confrontation between Jen and Kisha and Margie and Luke. Regarding that, Margie told TVGuide.com, “I think it was [blown out of proportion.” We all have a responsibility in that. We should’ve just all let it go. It became more than it was. There were some hurt feelings. But everything since has been great. We love Kisha and Jen, and I don’t think there are any hard feelings now.”

Margie elaborates in an interview with After Elton, saying, “there’s no animosity left” and says, “There were a lot of misunderstandings, a lot of hurt feelings. We were exhausted. We’ve definitely made up with Kisha and Jen. We have so much respect for those women. They are fantastic athletes. They are wonderful women who contribute so much to the community with their jobs. They’re just fantastic people. That is the one regret we have on the race that one little brief skirmish we had.”

Also in the After Elton interview, Luke comments on the show’s refusal to identify him as gay (“CBS didn’t want to add too many labels, a gay this or a gay that. … I think they didn’t want to confuse people by adding too many labels to me.).

And not that she needed to, but Margie provides even more evidence about why she’s an incredible person and parent, she says that when Luke came out to her at 19 via text message, “I was like, ‘Thank you for telling me.’ And he was like, ‘You’re not mad?’ And I just said, ‘Why would I be mad? I’ve known your whole life.’ [laughs] It doesn’t change who Luke is. He’s my son. He’s a wonderful person.”

Regarding his mom and her time on the race, Luke said, “Before the race started, Mom used to doubt herself about her strength. I never doubted my mom for one second. I knew she could do it. I knew with a positive attitude she could do it. I knew she was the right team partner for me.”

Cara Rosenthal, Jaime Edmondson talk ‘Amazing Race’ [Reality TV World]
Amazing Race’s Margie and Luke Say Pit-Stop Fight Was Blown Out of Proportion [TV Guide]
[After Elton]

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