Anyone with even the slightest familiarity of NBC’s The Biggest Loser knows that it’s a pretty weird show. Like, I’m almost sure that most doctors probably wouldn’t recommend throwing all your dignity out the window and struggle-crawling through the mud like a chunky lizard in the name of weight loss. But for 17 seasons, lots of people did just that, and worse. I mean, Subway sandwiches without cheese OR cream-based sauces?!
Well, no one is going to have to suffer through any more mud crawls or promotional low-calorie sandwiches; The Biggest Loser has most likely been cancelled.
According to The Daily Mail, The Biggest Loser is done after 17 seasons, and it all has to do with a lawsuit between a former contestant and the show’s resident doctor, Dr. Robert Huizenga, aka Dr. H. In May of 2016, a study was published in the medical journal Obesity showing that appearing on The Biggest Loser left contestants with side effects worse than hearing the sound of Jillian Michaels screaming at them in their sleep. The study showed that the rapid weight loss on The Biggest Loser permanently messed with the contestant’s metabolism so much that it slowed it down and made maintaining their weight loss nearly impossible.
Not long after that study was published, several former Biggest Loser contestants spoke to The New York Post and exposed even more alleged unhealthiness. Season 7 contestant Joelle Gwynn, who was trained by Bob Harper, claims that his assistant gave her a brown paper bag with a yellow-and-black pill inside. A source close to production told the Post the pills were Adderall. He allegedly told her to take the drug and assured her it would “help” her. Joelle says she took the pill and that it made her feel “jittery and hyper.” She claims the following day, Dr. H informed them that the pill had been added to their regimen and it was up to them to take it. Joelle says she never took it again.
Dr. H wasn’t happy that Joelle made hm sound like a drug-pusher, and he went on to sue Joelle and The New York Post. Dr. H denied all the allegations and filed a lawsuit stating the story was “fabricated, fictitious and outright libelous.” Joelle slapped back, saying that she never technically named Dr. H by name, and stood by everything she said in the article. She requested his suit be thrown out, and demanded Dr. H pay her lawyer fees.
Dr. H recently filed documents demanding Joelle’s motion be denied. He claiming that her comments prompted NBC to can the show, thus putting him out of a job. He also claims her comments caused him to lose two other TV gigs. Dr. H also claims in the documents that he wouldn’t even permit contestants to drink more than one cup of coffee.
NBC has yet to officially announce that The Biggest Loser has been retired to the reality TV ranch in the sky.
Aside from people on The Biggest Loser allegedly acting like Smoke from Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue, I think we can all agree it’s no secret the methods on that show were questionable. Former contestants have spoken many times about the shady shit that happened on the ranch, and we’ve seen the shocking results of contestants who push themselves to win. So yeah, I can’t say I’ll miss The Biggest Loser. Although I will miss when they would try to test the contestant’s willpower by putting them in a room full of donuts and pizzas. I was always so jealous of that delicious junk food buffet.