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Beekman Boys celebrate ‘Amazing Race’ victory with big primetime kiss

Monday, December 10, 2012

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge, known to television audiences as “The Fabulous Beekman Boys,” took home the $1 million prize as they crossed the finish line on CBS’ “The Amazing Race” season finale on Sunday night, and celebrated with a big, primetime TV kiss.

Purcell and Ridge are only the second, openly gay couple to win the reality show, which took them across three continents, nine countries and more than 25,000 miles, in its 21st season.

Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell celebrate their “Amazing Race” victory, while host Phil Keoghan looks on.
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Purcell and Ridge, who hadn’t won a single challenge all season and often struggled just to stay in the race, remained calm and steady while the other teams got frazzled, a strategy that led them to finish first in the final challenge.

“We never, ever thought we would hear you say those words to us,” Ridge told host Phil Keoghan when he declared them the winners.

“We were underdogs, and what I hope this proves to people — whether they’re a minority or they’re out of work or they’re losing their house or whatever — if they just keep going and keep working as hard as they can, people will help, and at some point you will win, added Kilmer-Purcell.

The final two minutes of the race can be seen here:

Chippendales Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis finished second, and Texans Trey Wier and Alexis “Lexi” Beerman finished third.

Purcell and Ridge appear in their own reality show, “The Fabulous Beekman Boys,” which chronicles the couple’s trials and tribulations as novice farmers. The series aired on Planet Green (seasons 1—2), and can now be seen on the Cooking Channel (season 3).

In season four of “The Amazing Race,” then partners Reichen Lehmkuhl and Chip Arndt became the first out couple to win the race.

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16 more reader comments:

  1. …. and Happy Human Rights Day!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 4:41pm
  2. Ahhhh I would be upset but someone else already ruined the surprise for me. I have the program set to record.

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 4:49pm
  3. Is this the year of the Gays!

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 4:59pm
  4. congrats boys!!! Love to both of you!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 5:00pm
  5. Really miss their show!

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 5:04pm
  6. I watched it lastnight and it was great.

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 5:11pm
  7. This was a GREAT moment! Thank you NBC for not trying to “doctor” the moment or hide it or any of that mess! Thank you!

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 5:16pm
  8. awesome guys, i was pullin for ya to win… isnt it the first time a gay couple made it to the finals and won too?? wtg guys

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 5:17pm
  9. A helluva win! Go Beekman’s

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 5:19pm
  10. awwwwwwwwww

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 5:51pm
  11. Wonderful people, great entertainment, make you want to be a part of there lives

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 6:19pm
  12. Totally Awesome Beekman Boys.

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 7:14pm
  13. the arc of their story, both in the race and in what they showed of their life together, is beyond wonderful.

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 8:45pm
  14. Great Race this season, way to go Beekman Boys, you earned it the hard way, proud of you guys.

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 8:50pm
  15. Congrats to you both….so happy for you!

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 10:36pm
  16. way to go – on the win- love the kiss be happy together always

    Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 8:21am