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AMAZING RACE BOUND
By Al Mellis


The Amazing Race is adding another Big Brother couple to its roster. Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson are heading to the starting line in New York to race for $1 million.

Showmance duo and fan-favorites Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson are moving from the Big Brother house to The Amazing Race starting line.

It will be a live event, as CBS is inviting fans of the duo (otherwise known as Jody) to witness them take off at Washington Square Park (Fifth Ave. and Waverly Place) in New York on Sunday, Oct. 1. The public start will begin at 11:30 a.m. and as of now Jessica and Cody are the only names being revealed for The Amazing Race's upcoming 30th season.

This won't be the first time the two shows have crossed over. Big Brother couples Jordan Lloyd and Jeff Schroeder as well as Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas have all had their turns at The Amazing Race. And Race alums Jackie Ibarra and Jeff Weldon moved into the Big Brother house in season 17.  

Jessica and Cody's selection into the Race world won't come as a shock to most viewers as the two were fan-favorites in season 19 and Cody walked away winning "America's Favorite Houseguest" and $25,000.

The two were considered the underdogs as well as victims of bullying all season long after their other competitors making them targets for the majority of the game. While considered fan-favorites the pair have also faced scrutiny by viewers. For Jessica's part some of the comments she made inside the house were perceived by viewers and former alumni as racist and Cody faced backlash throughout his time on the show after making transphobic comments on the show's 24/7 live feeds.

All will be revealed on how they handle The Amazing Race when they meet host Phil Keoghan, but for now The Hollywood Reporter caught up with them before they ready, set, go.

What were both of your reactions when you found out you were going to be on The Amazing Race?

Jessica Graf: I got a phone call on my drive home from casting asking if I wanted to do AR with Cody and I said absolutely. He responded with, "Great! I'll have someone at your house in an hour to pick up your passport. You leave in 14 days." I was floored. I figured it wouldn't be for at least a couple of months. It all just happened so fast that I had to force myself to stop and take a second to process the information! Cody was still in jury sequester and we didn't even get anytime to really talk about it. We're just diving right into another project and it's extremely exciting!

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