Caite Upton and Brent Horne seemed to have it out for Carol Rosenfeld, 47, and Brandy Snow, 40, from the beginning of The Amazing Race this season — which was news to the couple. "We both had separate conversations with her and Caite talked about [her infamous answer at Miss Teen USA 2007] and how she overcame it. I remember specifically saying, 'Good for you,' so to find out how much she hated us was a complete shock," Carol tells TVGuide.com. The models' self-described hatred culminated in them U-Turning Carol and Brandy in Sunday's episode, leading to their anger-filled elimination. Get the duo's take on the so-called "feud," why they think Caite in particular was after them, and if they would've used the U-Turn on the models.
TVGuide.com: What was your first thought when you saw that you were U-Turned by Brent and Caite?
Brandy: Just shock. In a common-sense world, strategy dictates, you know, "take the stronger team out." They didn't do that. I had no idea how personal it was. We never really had any negative interactions with Caite or Brent. We didn't seek out a friendship with them, but we also didn't have an opportunity to race alongside them except in Malaysia when they passed us on the stairs. When they did that, you didn't see us pissed. I actually told Caite that she did a kick-ass job. Just like how I said to Mike, "You're a rock star." We both were very complimentary and supportive of the other racers. To watch the name-calling and hatred unfold has been an emotional rollercoaster. It's also surprising because you don't know it's happening until you watch it. You know, them calling us "the mean lesbians."
TVGuide.com: A lot of fans think you would've U-Turned Brent and Caite if you had gotten there first. Would you have?
Carol: No! We would've U-turned the cowboys. There's a clip online from the Malaysia leg where Phil asked us, "Who would you like to see leave?" We said, "We wouldn't really want to see anybody go." We were like, "Let everybody do their best and the chips will fall where they may." We knew the U-Turn was part of the game. Our strategy then was that the cowboys appeared to be the strongest team and then the second strongest team was Mike and Louie. They've each won the most legs.
Brandy: The cowboys set a record in Malaysia. No one had ever before gone from last to first with a Speed Bump. They're strong competitors, they're smart competitors, and we were focused on the race, not the racers. We would not have made it personal — not that we had a reason to make it personal with any team.
TVGuide.com: From your point of view, there was no feud between you and Brent and Caite at all?
Brandy: Right. What we find fascinating in the way this has been skewed, that there is a feud. There was no feud. You have to have two parties participating for there to be a feud. We were the object of her hatred and derision. There wasn't a feud until [Sunday's] episode where it exploded! I don't like being attacked. I don't like being blindsided and that's exactly what happened when they U-Turned us. Seriously, we're in the Seychelles and I'm bonding with Caite over a kitty! It was very stunning for it to happen. We had no clue they would U-Turn us or that they hated us like that. Now America's starting to believe there is a feud.