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The Amazing Race Spoilers: Phil Keoghan’s Near Death Experience Changed Everything

Phil Keoghan

The Amazing Race season 34 premieres on September 21st at 10:00 pm ET, with CBS host, Phil Keoghan, and a near-death experience could have changed the whole path of TAR.

The Amazing Race Spoilers – Phil Keoghan

Phil was born in Lincoln, New Zealand, but due to his father’s career, he spent a lot of time in Antigua and Canada.

A fun fact about Phil, he originally auditioned for the role of host of Survivor. Can you imagine having him instead of Jeff Probst? Although, CBS loved Phil and offered him the hosting job of The Amazing Race instead and all that began back in 2001. Phil is also the creator of No Opportunity Wasted and Tough As Nails. Phil has done a spectacular job with TAR, he has been involved in winning ten Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on The Amazing Race.

Another fun fact, Phil holds a reindeer racing license! While visiting Finland, on the trail of Santa Claus, he was excited to learn that one could actually get a reindeer license. Shockingly, Phil did the reindeer racing test at 30mph and didn’t fall off, he passed and now has his license.

Phil is married to an Australian TV producer since the early 90s and has one daughter, Elle, born in 1995, who is now also a tv producer having worked on Big Brother and Tough As Nails.

The Amazing Race Updates – Near Death Experience

Phil has always been adventurous, and at 19 he had a near-death experience that he says changed his life. While diving with a buddy, he lost sight of his buddy and thought he was going to die 40m underwater. He shared with LA Times, “It was my wake-up call to hurry up and live my life with purpose. So within a year, my wife and I sold our first New Zealand network show: Keoghan’s Heroes, a show about thrill-seekers, people who lived on the edge — like an 80-year-old ex-fighter pilot still instructing. Eventually, the show got picked up in the US and we packed up and left for New York. I was 23.”

His big break was working as a camera assistant on the iconic New Zealand children’s show, Spot On.

Be sure to catch up on everything happening with The Amazing Race right now. Come back here often for all The Amazing Race spoilers, news, and updates.

  1. […] They are racing in Munich, Germany – Innsbruck, Austria – Bologna, Italy (flying in here) – Florence, Italy – Aqaba, Jordan (flying in here) – Petra, Jordan – Amman, Jordan – Toulouse, France – Malaga, Spain (flying in here) – Ronda, Spain – Reykjavik, Iceland (flying in here) and on to the finale in Nashville, USA where the winner will be crowned and awarded the prize of $1 million dollars. […]

  2. […] Eric and Lisa Paskel had probably the saddest experience with The Amazing Race, they were eliminated before they even had a chance to start racing. The teams had a task to complete before leaving and they failed to do it and were sent packing. […]

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