Jill Wagner: I feel exactly the same! I think it’s because no one has offered me $50,000 to go through it. That’s a motivating factor (since that’s the amount each episode’s winner gets).
You might think, “It’s all about the money … that’s why these people are doing this,” but in my interviews with them, that’s one of the questions I always ask. And I get a lot of answers along the lines of, “No, my kid dared me to do it. That’s why I’m here.” I don’t have a kid daring me to do it yet, but that could happen in the next 20 years.
Zap2it: Even with that, is it enjoyable for you when the “Wipeout” course is changed, with new and inevitably messy hurdles for the contestants to get past?
Zap2it: What did you hear from “Wipeout” fans while you were off the show?
Jill Wagner: I went to ABC for a meeting, and I got on an elevator with this guy and we just said, “Hi.” And when he got off at his floor, he turned around and said, “By the way, I don’t watch the show anymore because you’re not on it.” It was a little weird, because usually, I don’t think people know who I am.