Sunday’s episode of “The Amazing Race” started with an on-air apology for the show’s pro-communist Vietnam episode that enraged Bob Beckel and Vietnam veterans across the country last week.
The show’s host Phil Keoghan opened the show by reading a statement issued by CBS, the Hollywood Reporter said:
Parts of last Sunday’s episode, filmed in Vietnam, were insensitive to a group that is very important to us — our nation’s veterans. We want to apologize to veterans, particularly those who served in Vietnam, as well as to their families and any viewers who were offended by the broadcast. All of us here have the most profound respect for the men and women who fight for our country.
Fox News host Bob Beckel was furious with CBS executives for the anti-American episode that was filmed in Hanoi. Contestants on “The Amazing Race” memorized a pr0-communist song and searched for clues in the wreckage of an American B-52 bomber that was shot down during the war.
Beckel and his cohosts on “The Five” called on CBS repeatedly to apologize to the 850,000 Vietnam veterans in America, but as of Thursday evening, CBS had no comment.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Veterans of Foreign Wars national commander John Hamilton also sent a letter to CBS executives expressing disgust at having contestants visit the B-52 wreckage site:
The B-52 scene, as well as the young people singing a propaganda song, was totally unnecessary to the show’s plot, which speaks volumes about naive producers who think they’re in charge when they are not.