Laurence Watts caught up with him as he finished filming the second season.When we last saw Reichen on The A-List: New York he was appearing off-Broadway in the play My Big Gay Italian Wedding and dating Brazilian model Rodiney Santiago.The relationship led to Bass' decision to come out to the public, even though they split after just months together.Since winning The Amazing Race in 2003, Reichen Lehmkuhl has forged a successful career in television and print.He went into CBS the next day and of course went on to star in and win the series and the million-dollar first prize.For a short time after winning the show he could do no wrong for the gay community.The new one will pick up where that story left off, so from leaving the Air Force until now.” A lot has happened to him in that time.After being honourably discharged from the US Air Force in 2001 he fulfilled a long-held desire to change his name.
Now: Still fierce, and living a fabulous New England life in Newburyport, MA.I ask him if there’s been a rapprochement between the two of them since Hilton turned over a new leaf and renounced his mean old ways.“He’s done like a general apology,” says Reichen, “but you know I don’t really accept it. We didn’t deserve the name-calling and the things he said. I don’t understand how someone can say, ‘Oh, now I’m a good person,’ without going to each of the people they attacked and apologising.” Lehmkuhl’s haters would have you believe his romance with Lance Bass was a calculated, publicity-seeking move on his part. “Lance and I met in the middle of a real estate deal.“Rodiney and I had been dating for less than two months when we started filming, but I knew this was a great opportunity for him.He’d been looking for work here in the States so I decided to put the scary thoughts to one side and just do it.I told them I hated the name and didn’t want anyone to ever call me that name again.” So, many years later and with his parents blessing, Richard became Reichen.