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Mathew Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl are a team of Best Friends on The Amazing Race 28 and The Amazing Race 31.

In Season 28, Tyler's fame, combined with Korey's charm, their constantly positive attitudes, and quick wit, made them the faces of the social media season. However, their positivity and friendliness did nothing to hide their super competitive approach to the race, as they were a team that was willing to do anything to win, including using the U-Turn on their biggest threats and purposefully misdirecting other teams on several occasions, all of which mostly worked as, outside of two bad legs in Armenia and Georgia, they never left the top three and won the most legs of the season at five, including winning three legs in a row leading up to the finale. In the final leg, they got off to a bad start when they got to Angelus Plaza first, but ran right by the clue and walked up to the top of the nearby building, allowing both of the other teams to pass them and drop them into an early last place, falling behind even further when Tyler was the only racer who needed three tries to grab his clue at the Roadblock. Although they briefly caught up when they got a taxi before Sheri & Cole leaving Santa Barbara Harbor, their taxi driver did not speak English and couldn't understand the directions to Gibraltar Rock, causing them to fall back to last place, where they eventually crossed the Finish Line in 3rd.

Their second chance in season 31 saw another strong and deep run, placing in the top half of the pack in 7 legs as well as first in four legs in a row, and not finishing in the bottom two prior to the final leg. During the final leg, the two along with Colin & Christie alternated between first and second place. In the final challenge, the two had a hard time completing the drum set due to one of their pieces being on the ground which they were unaware of for a long time, allowing Colin and Christie to finish before them. Despite managing to complete the challenge shortly after Colin and Christie left, they were unable to catch up, resulting in them finishing second. 

Profile

Retrieved by CBS.com[1][2]

Tyler

Name: Tyler Oakley
Age: 26
Twitter: @tyleroakley
Instagram: tyleroakley
YouTube: www.youtube.com/tyleroakley
How many total followers do you have across all platforms? 21,505,520 followers
Hometown: Jackson, Mich.
Connection to your teammate: Best Friend and Co-Host of "Psychobabble!"
Current occupation: Online Video Personality, Author and Host
Describe what you do: Professional oversharer on the Internet.
3 words to describe you: Passionate, hard-working and goofy.
Favorite hobbies: Pop divas, red wines and board games.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Raising more than $1,000,000 with my online audience for suicide prevention.
What scares you most about traveling? Unintentionally disrespecting other cultures.
What excites you most about traveling? Experiencing new cultures and challenging myself to get outside of my comfort zone.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: Dealing with challenges that are out of our control.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Any country in Africa - I think Americans have such a distorted view of African countries, and by traveling there, I hope to learn more and share the experience with my audience.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? My goal is to push my limits, to have a blast with my teammate and to learn more about the world.

Korey

Name: Korey Kuhl
Age: 30
Twitter: @koreykuhl
Instagram: koreykuhl
YouTube: www.YouTube.com/koreykuhl
Podcast: www.itunes.com/psychobabble
How many total followers do you have across all platforms? 400,000
Hometown: Jackson, Mich.
Connection to your teammate: Best Friend
Current occupation: Content Producer
Describe what you do: I help create and facilitate a wide range of social content across multiple digital platforms including, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as produce and co-host a weekly podcast called "Psychobabble."
3 words to describe you: Funny, competitive and positive.
Favorite hobbies: Running, traveling and writing.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I am most proud of the fact that I was able to come out of the closet and be true to myself confidently and whole-heartedly.
What scares you most about traveling? Accidentally being insensitive to someone else's culture or customs.
What excites you most about traveling? Getting to see new places and experience new cultures.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: We both think we're always right.
Pet peeve about your teammate: He's a terrible driver.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? I'd love to go to New Zealand or Bora Bora.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? As a super fan of the show I just want to prove that I can run the race and run it well.

Previous season: The Amazing Race 28

Tyler Oakley

Age: 30
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: Video Blogger
Describe what you do: I share my life online by creating content—videos on YouTube, weekly pop culture podcasts with my teammate Korey, and I write essays, which you can find in my book, Binge.
Three words to describe you: Giggly, curious, and adventurous.
Favorite hobbies: Dancing, roller skating, and going to music festivals.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Every fun adventure that happened because I decided to make my first YouTube video 12 years ago.
What scares you most about traveling? Accidentally disrespecting cultures, or visiting places where my queer identity makes travel dangerous.
What excites you most about traveling? Seeing more of the world and learning more about myself.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Anywhere new! I still would love to explore countries in South America and Africa.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race with your partner (other than winning one million bucks)? New memories.
Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways? Racers! They know what to expect!

Korey Kuhl

Age: 33
Twitter and Instagram: @koreykuhl
Hometown: San Francisco
Current occupation: Podcast Host
Describe what you do: Co-host a weekly pop culture podcast called Psychobabble.
Three words to describe you: Witty, competitive, and funny.
Favorite hobbies: Travel, game nights, and movies.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Mastering the Georgian Ballet in Season 28.
What scares you most about traveling? Flight delays.
What excites you most about traveling? Seeing and experiencing new cultures/stepping out of my comfort zone.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? I’ve always wanted to go to Japan. Would love to see Tokyo and experience the culture shock.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race with your partner (other than winning one million bucks)? Spend time together and unplug from our lives online.
Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways? Racers!

The Amazing Race 28

Race History

Tyler & Korey's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Mexico Mariachi Madness / Great Bulls of Fire Tyler 2 of 11
2 2 Mexico → Colombia Pop-Up / Parrilla Korey 1 of 11
3 3 Colombia Tickets / Tejo Tyler 2 of 10
4 4 Colombia → Switzerland → France Work Bench / Bench Work  Korey 2 of 9
5 5 France Dynamite / Campsite Korey 1 of 8
6 6 France → Armenia Thread / Bread Tyler 6 of 7
7 7 Armenia → Georgia Clean / String Korey 6 of 7
8 8 Georgia → United Arab Emirates Races / Oasis  Korey 3 of 6 [1]
9 9 United Arab Emirates → Indonesia No Detour  Tyler 1 of 6 [2]
Korey
10 10 Indonesia Haul / Harvest Tyler 1 of 5
11 11 Indonesia → China Commuter Cycle / Master of Arts Tyler 1 of 4
12 12 China → United States No Detour Tyler 3 of 3 [2]
Korey
Average 2.42
Legend:
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist

Notes
1: Tyler & Korey received a 30 minute penalty for following a taxi while driving. Because it didn't affect their placement, it went unaired.[3]
2: This leg featured two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.

The Amazing Race 31

Race History

Tyler & Korey's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Japan No Detour Tyler 3 of 11 [3]
Korey
2 2 Japan → Laos ABC / BBQ Tyler 7 of 10
3 3 Laos → Vietnam Reel It In / Light It Up Tyler 4 of 9
4 4 Vietnam Irritation / Irrigation Korey 5 of 9
5 5 Vietnam → United Arab Emirates Fall / Find Tyler 4 of 8
6 6 United Arab Emirates → Uganda Salty Roll / Move the Pole Korey 1 of 8
7 7 Uganda → Switzerland Water Power / Water Down Korey 1 of 7
8 8 Switzerland Make Hay / Cow Festival Tyler 1 of 7
9 9 Switzerland → Croatia Poetry in Motion / Washed in from the Ocean Korey 1 of 6 [4]
10 10 Croatia → The Netherlands High / Dry No Roadblock 2 of 5
11 11 The Netherlands → United Kingdom Know / Row Korey 2 of 4 [5]
12 United Kingdom → United States No Detour Tyler 2 of 3
Average 2.75
Legend:
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist
~ The team that lost the Double Battle.

Notes:
4: Leg 1 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
5: Tyler & Korey initially chose Washed In From the Ocean before switching to Poetry in Motion.
6: Tyler & Korey initially chose Row before switching to Know.

Post-Race

  • Tyler & Korey appeared on a Primetime Special The Amazing Race edition of The Price is Right that aired on May 26, 2016.[4] Tyler & Korey, and their contestant, Cory, did not make it past Contestant's Row.[5]
  • Tyler participated in the second season of the YouTube Red reality series Escape the Night hosted by fellow YouTuber and former racer Joey Graceffa, and he eventually won the season alongside fellow YouTuber Andrea Russett.
  • Korey appeared in an episode of Geek and Sundry web series Escape! along fellow racers Burnie and Darius along with another celebrity Blaine Gibson. They all failed to escape the escape room when the 30 minutes had expired.
  • Tyler & Korey appeared on the seventh episode of Celebrity Fear Factor.[6]

Trivia

  • First team with a member named "Tyler" to not win.
  • Tyler & Korey are tied with Colin & Christie for the most legs won by a team in a career, with 9 each.
  • First team to make the Final 3 twice without coming in last on a Non-Elimination leg on either season.

External links

Interviews

Season 28

  • Rob Cesternino at Rob has a Podcast (05/16/2016): "Tyler Oakley & Korey Kuhl Talk Amazing Race 28"
  • Mekeisha Madden Toby at Detroit News (05/17/2016): "Michigan ‘Amazing Race’ finalists moving on"
  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (05/17/2016): "Exclusive: 'The Amazing Race' third-place team Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl talk about their experience"
  • CBS.com (05/2016): "Tyler and Korey came in third place on Season 28 of The Amazing Race."

Season 31

  • Joyce Eng at Golden Derby (06/27/2019): "Tyler and Korey (‘Amazing Race’ exit interview): ‘We knew we were getting second no matter what’"
  • Mike Bloom at Parade (06/27/2019): "The Amazing Race 31: Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl on Breaking and Making Records "
  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (06/28/2019): "Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl talk 'The Amazing Race': We wanted Nicole and Victor out because they were a threat, not because of 'Big Brother' (Exclusive)"

Social Media

References

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