New Port Richey clown couple eliminated from The Amazing Race
Their bright red noses and sunny attitude couldn't save New Port Richey couple Dave and Cherie Gregg, who saw difficulties with math knock them out of the running on CBS' reality hit The Amazing Race.
In the episode aired Sunday, the couple were stopped cold by a challenge in Buenos Ares, requiring each team to calculate the average weight of a head of cattle in a pen in a large market.
The most successful competitors worked together to solve the problems, but Dave Gregg, who volunteered to complete the challenge before knowing what it required, told TV Guide his dyslexia may have made it more difficult to complete the math.
The couple had already been delayed by four hours when the bus they rode from a previous challenge had a window shatter during an 18-hour ride.
"I'm laughing and crying at the same time," Cherie Gregg said on camera as the other teams completed the math challenge while her husband stood by, still calculating. "It's the tears of a clown."
Eventually, the workers at the market let all the cows leave and Dave Gregg completed the math, arriving at the show's pit stop last. Earlier, he had revealed that he was a cancer survivor, free of the disease since 2001, leaving him grateful for every moment.
The couple, married nearly 20 years, work as clowns for a program sponsored by the Ringling Bros. circus, living in New Port Richey near the circus' winter quarters.
One consolation: Because the episode aired against The Academy Awards telecast Sunday, maybe fewer people saw their ejection.
"So many thing in my life had to come together to be in this moment at my time," he said, tears welling in his eyes at the show's end. "We're the luckiest couple on Earth."