After racing across 3 continents, 9 countries, 20 cities and more than 25,000 miles “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” won “The Amazing Race” Season 21 and $1 million! How can’t you be happy for these two?
Considered the underdogs throughout most of the season, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and partner Brent Ridge crossed the finish line first and officially won the CBS reality show (correction: we previously reported the two as the first gay couple to win, but Reichen Lehmkuhl and Chip Arndt were).
“We were underdogs, and what I hope this proves to people – whether they’re a minority, they’re out of work or they’re losing their house or whatever – that they just keep going and just keep working as hard as they can, people will help, and at some point you will win,” Josh said on the finale.
The couple is widely known for their farming skills on their show “The Fabulous Beekman Boys,” which follows the two around their upstate New York goat farm.
When CBS announced its 21st season would include Josh and Brent some had their doubts, but they were proved wrong.
“This race has really brought us back together again. I had to work in the city, and he’s on the farm. So winning this race actually will bring us physically together again … for the next 50 years,” Josh added.
The two announced a huge thank you on their website to anyone and everyone who helped them along the way. They also revealed what they’re doing with their winnings, “Well, first, we’re going to pay off the mortgage on our farm so that we can live together full-time again after 5 years apart. Next, we’re going to invest in a building on Sharon Springs Main Street that will become the new home of Beekman 1802. And finally we’ll be launching a new line of food products named after a 1929 Heirloom Tomato – “The Mortgage Lifter.” 25% of its profits will help other small American farmers pay off their debts.
“Looking back after this exhausting and exhilarating journey, it seems appropriate that it culminated in that very difficult final Amazing Race challenge. “Hello” and “Goodbye” are perhaps the most important words we need to learn as human beings, and we should all try to learn them in as many languages as possible. But along the Race, we also learned nine equally valuable ones: Xie xie, Terima kasih, Dhanyabad, Sagolun, Spasibo, Dank je, Gracias, Merci & Thank you.”
Congrats again, Josh and Brent!