The Amazing Race will return next week for its season 33 premiere after being postponed for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

‘It’s so good to be back,’ said New Zealand show host Phil Keoghan, 54, at the start of the episode in an exclusive clip provided to Variety.

‘We know how much you have missed The Amazing Race, and believe me, we have missed making it for you,’ he added.

Long delay: The Amazing Race will return next week for its season 33 premiere after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic

Long delay: The Amazing Race will return next week for its season 33 premiere after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic

Long delay: The Amazing Race will return next week for its season 33 premiere after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic

Keoghan went on to say the premiere was filmed before the outbreak of COVID-19 and the pandemic forced them to suspend shooting at the end of the third leg. 

‘I am excited to tell you that after a long break, we did finish shooting this season and once again, the world is waiting for you,’ Keoghan said.

Eleven teams were then shown pre-pandemic preparing for their adventure as Phil started the race with a video message on their phones.

The contestants were instructed to fly to London for their next clue at Trafalgar Square.

The host: 'It's so good to be back,' said New Zealand show host Phil Keoghan, 54, at the start of the episode in an exclusive clip provided to Variety

The host: 'It's so good to be back,' said New Zealand show host Phil Keoghan, 54, at the start of the episode in an exclusive clip provided to Variety

The host: ‘It’s so good to be back,’ said New Zealand show host Phil Keoghan, 54, at the start of the episode in an exclusive clip provided to Variety

Long-running series: Ryan Ferguson and Dusty Harris talk to Keoghan in London

Long-running series: Ryan Ferguson and Dusty Harris talk to Keoghan in London

Long-running series: Ryan Ferguson and Dusty Harris talk to Keoghan in London

They next traveled to Scotland where a 20-month break from filming ensued due to the pandemic.

Geoghan has been hosting The Amazing Race since its premiere on CBS in September 2001.

While the show was postponed, he hosted the CBS competition series Tough As Nails.

Eleven teams: The contestants were instructed to fly to London for their next clue at Trafalgar Square.

Eleven teams: The contestants were instructed to fly to London for their next clue at Trafalgar Square.

Eleven teams: The contestants were instructed to fly to London for their next clue at Trafalgar Square.

Coming soon: The Amazing Race will have its season premiere on Wednesday on CBS

Coming soon: The Amazing Race will have its season premiere on Wednesday on CBS

Coming soon: The Amazing Race will have its season premiere on Wednesday on CBS

Geoghan has been involved with winning 10 Primetime Emmy Awards related to The Amazing Race, which won the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program seven straight times. 

The upcoming season will feature 11 teams of two in a race around the world for a $1 million grand prize.

The travel racing resumed in September 2021 with the same remaining teams, but they had a modified route through COVID-safe countries and with chartered travel.

Emmy winner: Geoghan, shown in September 2018 in Los Angeles, has been involved with winning 10 Primetime Emmy Awards related to The Amazing Race, which won the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program seven straight times

Emmy winner: Geoghan, shown in September 2018 in Los Angeles, has been involved with winning 10 Primetime Emmy Awards related to The Amazing Race, which won the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program seven straight times

Emmy winner: Geoghan, shown in September 2018 in Los Angeles, has been involved with winning 10 Primetime Emmy Awards related to The Amazing Race, which won the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program seven straight times

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