in New York City at Rockefellar Center. He interviewed with prestigious members of the press, and even had a chat with the fan site to answer some questions. He got these questions…RAPID FIRE!
AMANDA: Hi, Josh Gates.
JOSH GATES: Hello.
AMANDA: How are ya doin’?
JOSH: I’m great!
AMANDA: Ready for some rapid fire questions?
JOSH: I’m ready! Bring it on.
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JOSH: Worst to experience, Chernobyl.
AMANDA: Yeah, I’m sure! Worst travel snafu of this season?
JOSH: I don’t think it’s actually going to make the show, but we drove from Lima in Peru down into Northern Chile, and we were denied a border crossing down into Northern Chile because we arrived at the border too late at night. Which was, after a 20 hour driving day, was probably our, you know, greatest moment of misery having to sleep in this little border town after 20 hours. I don’t think it’s going to make the show, but, that’s how it goes.
AMANDA: As a traveler what’s worst – sunburn or food poisoning?
JOSH: Food poisoning. Nothing is worst than that!
AMANDA: I disagree! I think sunburn is worse, but then again, I have fair skin. Here come some weird, miscellaneous questions – Family Guy or The Simpsons?
JOSH: Simpsons. But, I mean, I like them both! It’s a close call.
AMANDA: Favorite country music person?
JOSH: Dwight Yoakam. Easy.
AMANDA: What was it like, traveling within America this year?
JOSH: It was great. We felt for a while as though there are great domestic stories that we hadn’t tapped into at “Destination Truth.” We had received a lot of fan mail saying “We have these great stories here in the US – why don’t you come and investigate those?” It was really a matter of time and this was the yea to do it. So we’ve got two stories in the US this season, and both of them turned out great. I think that what we really learned is that there are parts of America that are just as wild, and difficult, to film in as some of the most remote places we’ve been to on Earth.
AMANDA: The first five things you do when you get home after you’re done [traveling]?
JOSH: I watch a lot of TV, because I don’t get to watch any TV on the road, so I catch up on all of my shows. I eat a terrible meal, some big cheeseburger thing. I sleep a lot, and that’s about it! When I come home, I like to barricade myself for a few days. Usually because my sleep cycle is screwy, I kind of just indulge in the things that I haven’t had on the road. So, a greasy American meal and a lot of TV.
AMANDA: How did you luck into “Beg Borrow and Deal” [ESPN Reality Show]?
JOSH: I met a producer in Los Angeles who had a relationship with ESPN, who sold the show to ESPN. We weirdly lived near each other, we met randomly and he thought I would be good for the show. He asked me to send in a video, I did, and he said “we’re going to bring you in as a finalist to New York.” I sort of thought he was kidding and didn’t think it was going to happen. But a plane ticket showed up, I came to New York, they selected me as a contestant in New York, and we started filming there!
AMANDA: And why [did you get] a tattoo on the foot?
JOSH: Because it’s the one place where – and I’m not an enormous sports nut, so I didn’t want this big, loud tattoo on me that I would have to live with for the rest of my life. So I had it on my foot because it was discrete and it actually came off! On the palms of you hands and the bottoms of your feet, tattoos will come off. It’s a little fun fact for ya!
AMANDA: I guess that’s about it. Thank you so much!
JOSH: Thank you so much! I appreciate you coming down and checking out the new Syfy.