This is a gift from our ex-colleague and oft-times Left Coast stringer, Linda Haugsted.
Two former Gems TV hosts made viral waves on “The Amazing Race” after one of then got smashed in the face with a watermelon that boomeranged back after she catapulted it.
The video of the painful accident went viral, and the whole tale even got coverage in the New York Post Thursday, in a story headlined “‘Amazing’ racer a hit on melon video.”
The two home-shopping hosts contestants are Claire Champlin and Brook Roberts, a former Miss Oregon, who were both hosts on the now defunct Gems TV. Roberts has since landed a gig on Jewelry TV.
Poor Champlin is the one that got hit in the puss with the watermelon. The show is in England, and has to slingshot a watermelon using an medieval style catapult as one of the stunts. But it bounces back and smashes hard into her face. Bet that never happened on Gems TV.
Roberts runs over to her, and a stunned Champlin says, “I can’t feel my face….I can’t even see straight.”
When Roberts tells Champlin they have to continue the competition, Champling looks at her in utter disbelief but goes on.
In a video clip of Champlin and Roberts on the show’s website, “babbling Brook,” as she is nicknamed, talks about the challenge of selling jewely on TV.
“You try to get someone from Texas to buy a $70,000 paraiba tourmaline — probably not the easiest thing in the world,” Roberts says.
The melon incident will be in the first episode of “The Amazing Race” on CBS this season, on Sept. 26, according to the Post.