The "Amazing Race" watermelon-in-the-face video has gone viral. Now, ET has the exclusive interview with Claire Champlin, the woman who got the watermelon facial, and her partner on "Race," Brook Roberts.
"…I didn't know what hit me in the face," Claire tells ET. "I didn't really know what was going on until I started taking watermelon off my face."
A recent "Amazing Race" challenge turned back the clock to medieval times for one of their challenges on the new season premiere. The task task was to knock over a suit of armor, using a giant slingshot and watermelons as ammunition. But something went haywire and the watermelon shot out backwards.
"The slingshot was too big for the watermelon, so it wrapped around it," Claire says. "When I pulled back, it didn't release it and it came back and hit me in the face."
Both Claire and Brook want to make it clear that "Amazing Race" had medics standing by who came and checked Claire out immediately.
"We really want to clarify when she looks at me and goes, 'What do we do now?' it wasn't because 'I don't know what to do next.' It was: 'Are we going to be allowed to continue on because the medical team hasn't cleared us?' That is why you hear me whisper, 'I think we have to finish…' We were in shock. We didn't know what to do," Brook says.
Claire goes on to say that after she was checked out by the medical staff, she saw other teams racing up, so they had to make a rash decision.
She remembers thinking, "Oh, my gosh, do we go? Do we continue on the race? Or is this where we give up? Even though I couldn't feel the side of my face, I knew my legs still worked … the other teams are coming. The pressure is still on."
Both women were troopers, so the "Race" continued, and Claire shows she has a sense of humor about it, commenting to ET, "Thank God it was a watermelon, though, not a pineapple…"
Neither Claire nor Brook are at liberty to reveal the results of their time on the "Amazing Race," but Claire does break the news to ET that she got married one month after finishing and she is now four months pregnant. She wanted to make that clear so when we we see her at the finale and she is definitely showing, no one says, "Watermelon girl swallowed a seed."
The next leg of "Amazing Race" airs Sunday, Sept. 26 at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.