The segment saw contestants hunting for their next clue at a Hanoi War Memorial which includes wreckage of a downed U.S. B-52 and it featured a choir singing a tribute to the Vietnam Communist Party.
The twisted metal of the downed plane had a bright Amazing Race ’Double-U-Turn’ signed planted in front of it, signifying to contestants the next phase of their hunt.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion organizations criticised CBS because two Americans were killed when the bomber went down.
“Parts of last Sunday’s episode, filmed in Vietnam, were insensitive to a group that is very important to us — our nation’s veterans,” said a CBS statement.
“We want to apologise to veterans, particularly those who served in Vietnam, as well as to their families and any viewers who were offended by the broadcast.”
American Legion National Commander and Vietnam War veteran James E. Koutz accepted the apology, saying, “We believe it to be sincere and heartfelt. We would like to thank the hundreds, if not thousands, of people who supported us through their Facebook comments, tweets, e-mails and phone calls.”
The episode screened in Australia on 7mate.