former POW Ron annoyed by Amazing Race producers’ Iraq quesitons.
Amazing Race 7 contestant and Iraq war POW Ron Young says that during the race, producers focused endlessly on his service. He tells TV Guide,
“One thing that did bother me was how they made it look like all I talked about was freakin’ Iraq. The thing is, they have [off-camera producers] asking you stuff like, “How does this compare to Iraq?” They never show me going, ‘This doesn’t compare at all.’ I don’t understand what the entertainment value to that was–it was just the same thing, over and over again.”
He also says that partner Kelly McCorkle’s infamous comment about his quitting the service because he was a POW “was kind of laughed off at that point, because I think she realized how ridiculous it was.” The couple confirmed that their relationship ended the day the race did, and they aren’t even close friends. “I don’t think we’ll be best buddies, but I have a lot of respect for him as a person and especially for his service in the military,” Kelly said.