Nicole's Man Burns the Midnight Oil
03/04/2005 AT 06:00 AM EST
How amazing is The Amazing Race? It felt to us like they barely took any time off between "seasons." But we got host Phil Keoghan to slow down long enough to chat with us about his life on the road. So, what keeps the Race, which started back up on March 1, fresh for him? "We always go to new places that I hadn't been to before, and we are also going to be watching teams compete in a different way," he says. "For me, it's like having courtside seats to something I find really exciting. As exciting as the fans find watching the show on TV, I get to see an up-front, color version of it and I get a great seat." Maybe he's sometimes a bit too close for comfort? "Believe me, I've had it all – kissing and hugs and people covered in mud and dung and sweat and fish guts. For whatever reason, (the contestants) love the idea of hugging me no matter what state they're in. I don't know if it's out of relief or what, or whether I should take this as a good sign, but they love to hug me. Sometimes I have to tell them to back off and go have a shower first, because some of them really do stink when they come in!"
Our hopes for an 'N Sync reunion seem to be dashed for now, but at least two of the guys are working together. We spotted Joey Fatone and Lance Bass at Jamie Foxx's Los Angeles Confidential magazine pre-Oscar bash in L.A., and they shared their small-screen plans with us. "There's a show we're actually working on," says Bass, who is developing a pilot for Fatone. But no details: "It hasn't been disclosed yet," says a tight-lipped Fatone. Bummer. As for Bass's turn as a would-be producer, "That's what I was born to do," he says. Stay tuned...
Caught in the Act
Rapper Kanye West, at his own tribute concert at the House of Blues in his native Chicago, after Mayor Richard Daley declared it "Kanye West Day" and gave him the key to the city. Also in attendance: West's mom and some of his former high-school teachers. West performed, as did hip-hop artists including Common, Do or Die, White Boy and Russoul.
Designer Ralph Lauren, at New York eatery Cipriani.
By NICK WHITE, CYNTHIA WANG, MICHELLE EDGAR and TIFFANY MCGEE