Spencer Jones and Oliver Dev reveal details of their disqualification
5 mins read

Spencer Jones and Oliver Dev reveal details of their disqualification

In the latest episode Race for Survival: New ZealandThe competition was turned upside down when the River Guides were shockingly disqualified from the competition. The production team broke the news Spencer “Corry” Jones AND Oliver Dev moments after crossing the finish line in Race 4. The producer claimed that Corry killed and ate a bird that was not allowed to be viewed.

The problem with reality TV is that there’s usually a lot more to it than what an editor can fit into a 45-minute episode. That’s certainly the case when Corry and Oliver were disqualified. The duo spoke to Reality Tea about what really happened when they raced Down Under and how a potentially dirty game could have led to their elimination.

Disqualified in Australia

Spencer Jones and Oliver Dev reveal details of their disqualification
Photo credit: Brian Finestone/USA Network

The River Guides have been dreading this moment for some time. Their disqualification was heavily promoted in the trailer, so they have been preparing for the backlash for the past few months. On the show, Corry sincerely apologised for breaking the rule, but said the uncertainty of how it would play out on the show was making him nervous.

“This day has been in the back of my mind for a long time. There was a lot of work leading up to this day,” Corry explained.

He said there were a lot of “downs” as he tried to process what happened during the competition, but luckily he had Oliver to kill him. Their friendship didn’t suffer because of it. They’re both incredibly grateful for the experience, even if they didn’t walk away with a $500,000 check.

In retrospect, they said it was easy to forget about the prize money while they were there. Corry said they were “having fun” racing, so the money was in the back of their minds—especially when they got hungry. The same couldn’t be said for the rest of their competitors.

Were Oliver and Corry thrown under the bus in Race to Survive: New Zealand?

Corry and Oliver sit on a hillside in Race to Survive: New Zealand
Photo credit: Daniel Allen/USA Network

When the producer announced that Corry and Oliver had been disqualified from the competition, they didn’t necessarily seem shocked. That’s because they had already been informed of the rule violation. They knew it was coming, and apparently some of their competitors knew it too.

“(The producer) came to us at the third Survival Camp that there was this accusation,” Corry recalls. “I owned it.”

Corry and Oliver entered Race 4 but after the coasteering challenge they were contacted for a second time about a rule violation. The producer informed them that a decision had been made but would not be communicated until after Race 4. Of course, that took the wind out of their sails.

“We were racing in the second half of Race 4 with a dark cloud over us,” Corry recalled. “We knew we were out, so we slowed down a bit to enjoy the last bit of our time in the race.”

River Guides explained that the violation occurred earlier in the competition. So why did it suddenly appear in Race 4? It’s a mystery that still hasn’t been fully resolved, but there are a few solid theories.

“I think that amount of money can change some people when you put it in front of their face,” Oliver explained.

“They see that we keep winning, you can sacrifice some of your values ​​to get that money,” he continued. “I have a feeling that’s what happened.”

Corry added: “The other teams were aware of the incident and were present and involved in it.”

Ready for redemption

Corry and Oliver look at the map on Race to Survive: New Zealand
Photo credit: Brian Finestone/USA Network

Up until their disqualification, the River Guides had completely dominated the competition. It’s safe to say they were ready to win it all. Coming so close undoubtedly fueled the fire within them, making the situation even more emotionally complex. If given the chance, Oliver and Corry would be ready to redeem themselves in the next race.

Oliver said, “I still feel the need to finish it and do it.”

“Now I’m a little pissed off,” Corry added.

If they were to return for another race, the River Guides said there would definitely be some changes to their strategy. They want to refine their kills for survival and, of course, keep their hands off the local birds. Most importantly, they would treat the other competitors with a little more heartless competition.

“I don’t think you’ll necessarily see the same two people,” Oliver explained. “I don’t think there’s as much trust in our other competitors that we’re up against.”

Race to Survive: New Zealand continues on USA Network on Monday nights at 11pm/10c.