Contestants on this season of The Biggest Loser have a weighty issue with NBC.
Those remaining on the reality competition have actually walked off the set and are threatening to collectively quit because they learned producers were planning to bring back former contestants to compete for this season’s $250,000 grand prize.
This is not an atypical move in the world of reality TV, of course, but this season’s hopefuls all find it unfair that past losers are now being given a chance to become winners again.
NBC has not commented on the situation, and production has been suspended for a few days, but season 12 contestant John Forger tells TMZ this season’s competitors are missing the point of their participation.
“It’s not about [money]. What it’s really about, for most of us, is the change in our lifestyle, and being able to get rid of obesity,” he says. “For most of us, it’s about health. Would I walk off the show for the money? ABSOLUTELY NOT.”