FYI: if you've been following my #AmazingRace spoilers, you may be wondering why Mark & *Bopper* are listed as one of the teams, even though we all know that Mallory, not Bopper, is Mark's partner this season. So what's the deal?
It's all just a stunt. You can expect to LOL at the spectacle they're going to make during the premiere about the SHOCKING news: OMG BOPPER'S SICK & HAD TO PULL OUT! OH NOEZ! WHAT DO WE DO? (Cue the racers: pretend to look shocked, everyone!) "Look! Mallory is here to save the day! We have a TEAM KENTUCKY! HOORAY!" It's all fake drama, the racers all knew ahead of time, but they had to act like Phil was breaking the "game-changing" news to them at the starting line.
I predicted a while ago that CBS would tease this heavily in the promos leading up to the premiere, and it's looking like I'm right based on the press release today ("one team doesn't even make it to the starting line!"). Please.