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Amazing Race's Harry Jowsey speaks out after shock underwear confession

EXCLUSIVE: The reality TV star addresses his controversial laundry comments.

Harry Jowsey left The Amazing Race Australia viewers baffled last week when he admitted that he prefers to throw out his underwear after each use rather than wash them.

The 26-year-old social media star, who is one of the 11 celebrities appearing on this year’s season of the Channel 10 reality series, made the confession when he had to decide whether to do a laundry challenge or a poo-related challenge on the show.

Harry Jowsey on The Amazing Race Australia / Harry wearing board shorts in the ocean.
Harry Jowsey revealed on The Amazing Race Australia that he’d rather throw out his underwear than wash them. Photos: Channel 10 / Instagram/harryjowsey

“We hate laundry,” he said about himself and his teammate, Love Island star Teddy Briggs. “I wear my undies once and throw them out.

“I would rather pick up s**t than do my own laundry, so we picked the s**t.”

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After receiving backlash online for his controversial comments, Harry has now asserted to Yahoo Lifestyle that he wasn’t being serious at all.

“I was just being an idiot, I was being so dumb,” he says. “I wear my undies once and I wash them, I don’t throw them out.

“Like, they’re Tom Ford undies, they’re $70 for a pair, I'm not throwing those out ever. I've got them on now.

“Maybe Darren [McMullen] has, but not me.”

'The hardest thing I've ever done'

While the majority of Harry’s reality TV stints have been in the US, including his breakthrough appearance on Netflix's Too Hot To Handle in 2020 and his current role on Dancing with the Stars, The Amazing Race marks his first show in Australia.

“I left Australia last year and I was like, damn, I really want to do some cool stuff back home in Australia because I feel like I do a lot of shows and stuff over here and I’m kind of known more over here,” he details.

“When I went back to my community back in Yeppoon I was like, I really want to do something for mental health. We lost way too many people to mental health problems, so I was kind of like, what can I do?”

Harry says it was a “no brainer” when he was asked to appear on The Amazing Race and had an opportunity to raise money for Beyond Blue, hang out with his best friend, and travel around the world.

However, he admits he was shocked by how hard the experience was - especially because he had never watched the show.

“We had a camera guy and a sound guy and they don't know where we’re going, they just follow us,” he shares. “I'm like, dude, give me your phone, let me take your phone, put in Google Maps, everyone’s gonna have a quick day. I know you don't want to do this, I don't want to be here, let me just figure it out and get to the end.

“But they were very good, they were just like, no, we have to obviously make a show. It was honestly the hardest thing I've ever done in my life.”

Harry Jowsey and Teddy Briggs on The Amazing Race Australia.
Harry Jowsey revealed on The Amazing Race Australia that he’d rather throw out his underwear than wash them. Photos: Channel 10 / Instagram/harryjowsey

'It just gets worse'

Speaking about what’s to come for the rest of the season, Harry teases that the show is only set to get more intense.

“If you want to see tears, if you want to see people get sassy and angry and fight and bicker and scream at each other and teams get mad at other teams, it just gets worse from here on in,” he remarks.

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“So if you want to see really pretentious people get angry, or ‘celebrities’ fight each other, log yourselves in.

“But most importantly, watch the show because there's a lot of incredible charities that have been mentioned and I feel like they need all the eyes and ears to help kind of spread their message as well.”

The Amazing Race Australia continues Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm on 10 and 10 Play

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