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'Amazing Race' Winner My Government Name Sucks

6/20/2016 12:20 AM PDT

0617-Reichen-Leimkuhl-GETTY-01Season 4 'Amazing Race' winner Reichen Lehmkuhl can't stand his last name because it's too hard to pronounce ... which raises the question -- why can he stand his first name?

Reichen, who once dated Lance Bass, filed a name change petition with the L.A. County Superior Court ... asking to chop his last name in half ... from Lehmkuhl to Kuhl.

Reichen explained in his legal docs, "I don't like my last name. It is too hard for people to spell or pronounce."

It begs the question ... why not get a 2 for 1 special and mess with his first name? Reichen is pronounced rye-hen ... kinda like the German version of Ryan.

No matter what, it's easier to pronounce than the L.A. County Coroner.

TNA Star Robbie E Yoga Makes Me Fart But It Helped Me Prep for 'Amazing Race'

7/6/2014 12:50 AM PDT
070314-tna-robbie-e-launch-3-NAMES_FIXTNA wrestler Robbie E might take the wind-relieving pose a little too literally ... 'cause even though yoga helped him prepare for the "Amazing Race" ... it turned him into a human gasbag.

Robbie and his GF Brooke Tessmacher teamed up for the CBS reality show -- which has already been shot and premieres in September -- and Robbie tells TMZ the yoga helped him get mentally and physically ready for the grueling challenges on the road.

In fact, Robbie got some support from fellow wrestlers DJ Z and Jessie Godderz who teamed up for some "broga" sessions before and after the "Race" ... where Robbie fessed up to the pose that turns him into Captain Flatulation!

Meantime, Brooke used other methods to prepare -- mainly something we like to call, "Puttin' In Twerk." Miley Cyrus would be proud ...

Ex-'Amazing Race' Finalist Boozin' at Jason Aldean Show Before DWI Arrest

10/29/2012 1:02 PM PDT
Jason Aldean's been dragged into another drunken controversy ... because ex-"Amazing Race" finalist Vanessa Macias told cops she boozed up at the country singer's concert before her DWI arrest last week.

According to the San Antonio police report, obtained by TMZ, 32-year-old Macias admitted to cops she drank three vodka sodas at the Aldean concert on Thursday ... then hit up a local strip club with a friend.

We did the research -- the strip club in question features FEMALE dancers ... just in case you were wondering.

As we reported, Macias was arrested around 2 AM Friday morning after police pulled her over and say they detected a strong odor of alcohol on her breath.

According to the report, cops say Macias was driving erratically on a highway and failed to make a turning signal, so cops initiated the traffic stop. She was arrested soon after on suspicion of DWI.

Unfortunately, the police report doesn't elaborate on the strip club visit.

Vanessa Macias Ex-'Amazing Race' Finalist POPPED FOR DWI

10/29/2012 7:30 AM PDT
Vanessa Macias mug shot
Vanessa Macias -- part of the Dating Divorcees team on last season's "Amazing Race" -- was arrested in Texas early Friday morning for driving while intoxicated ... TMZ has learned. 

32-year-old Macias -- who came in 4th place on "Race" -- was pulled over by the San Antonio Police Department around 2 AM on October 26. During the stop, officers claim they detected the presence of alcohol.  

Macias was arrested and hauled to a nearby station where she was booked for misdemeanor DWI -- and posed for an extremely wide-eyed mug shot.

Macias was released a few hours later after posting $1,000 bond. 

A rep for Vanessa tells TMZ ... the former reality star feels extremely remorseful over the arrest.

'Amazing Race' Star Bum Rap After Losing Million Dollar Prize

5/13/2012 9:40 AM PDT
"Amazing Race" cast-off Vanessa Macias isn't letting a little thing like blowing a million dollar competition get her down, instead she's cultivating her next career move ... as a Sir Mix-a-Lot wannabe.

Macias -- known as one half of "Dating Divorcees" -- made it all the way to the final four of the reality TV show ... and was just shy of winning the million-dollar prize before getting axed on last Sunday's season finale.

Instead of jumping head first into a pint of rocky road while the episode aired ... the Texas native took the opportunity to show off her stellar rapping skills at a bar in San Antonio called Boneheadz  (yes, that's actually the spelling). 

In the video -- which is pretty great -- you see Macias bring a whole new flavor to Sir Mix-a-Lot's classic "Baby Got Back" ... a flavor the world might not have tasted, if not for her tragic elimination.

Cheers Vanessa ... you may be poor -- and bad at rapping -- but you sure do got back.

'Amazing Race' Star I'm NOT a Situation Knock-Off

2/21/2012 3:00 AM PST
0220_amazing_race_launch_EXHe's OBSESSED with his abs ... he's from the East Coast ... and he's got a nickname for himself ... but "Amazing Race" star Danny Horal insists he's not just another "Jersey Shore" wannabe.

Danny -- who now calls himself "The Solution" -- was out in L.A. Sunday night, hanging with his teammate Joey "Fitness" Lasalla ... and "Race" rivals Brendon and Rachel ... and dude couldn't stop talking about his stomach.

"No Situation here ... I'm The Solution ... there's a lot MORE going on over here than Situation."

Danny Horals abs vs. The Situations abs

So, we gotta ask ...

'Amazing Race' Host: I Was Detained in Ukraine!

10/7/2010 10:30 AM PDT
It's not just the contestants who run into trouble on "The Amazing Race" -- host Phil Koeghan says  he was detained in the Ukraine a few years ago ... until a powerful fan of the show bailed him out.

'Amazing Race' Chick Takes Watermelon to the Face

9/8/2010 9:30 AM PDT
This video is insane!!! Some chick on the "Amazing Race" was supposed to use a giant slingshot  to launch a high-speed watermelon -- but the whole thing completely backfired ... on HER FACE!!!

'Amazing Race' Cop Cleared in Drug Investigation

5/7/2010 4:29 PM PDT
0507_loui_stravato_BN_CBSThe cop who was just eliminated from the current season of "Amazing Race" has finally caught a break -- he's been cleared of any wrongdoing in a massive drug investigation.

According to the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, Detective Louis Stravato is officially back on the streets after investigators declared that he and another detective had nothing to do with a large-scale cocaine distribution ring.

The two men had been assigned to "desk duty" during the course of the operation.

Louis and his "Amazing Race" partner came in 4th place on the reality show competition.

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