YouTube stars and Michigan State University grads Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl failed to win this season’s “Amazing Race” but said their friendship remains strong and that they’re looking forward to further adventures together.
Although Oakley and Kuhl, 30, were favored to win May 13 because they finished in first place in five out of 12 episodes, Team Torey placed third in the final leg and missed out on the $1 million prize. Instead, engaged dancers Dana Borriello and Matt Steffanina waltzed away with the first-place honor.
But none of that seemed to matter as Oakley, 27, told Kuhl he brings out the best in him. Meanwhile, Kuhl said he looks up to Oakley even though the social influencer is shorter and three years younger than him.
“It was really heartwarming to hear what Korey had to say,” said Oakley, an Okemos High School grad, in a post-finale interview with The Detroit News. “I don’t know if ‘surprised’ is the right word but I was definitely taken aback.
“So much of our relationship is laughing and goofing around so when we get sentimental it means a lot. We were just as close before the race as we are after.”
As viewers know, #TeamTylerAndKorey did not walk away empty handed because of the money and prizes they won when they placed first all of those times. Now that the show is over, Kuhl and Oakley are looking forward to taking “the trips that we won on the ‘Race’ and continue exploring the world,” Kuhl said.
The list of hard-earned journeys includes a trip for two to the Philippines island of Boracay and a trip for two on an Alaskan cruise.
Exploring the globe is just a part of Oakley and Kuhl’s next chapter. They’ll also be participating in a prime-time special for the “The Price Is Right,” which airs May 25 on CBS.