The Biggest Loser is in some hot water!
The NBC reality weight-loss competition show — which just wrapped its 17th (!) season of television — is being accused of drugging contestants in an effort to help them lose weight extremely quickly to make good television.
Former contestant Joelle Gwynn, who competed on the show in 2008, told the New York Post this weekend that she was given a bizarre drug of some sort at one point on the show and it harmed her health at the time.
“Bob Harper was my trainer … He goes away and his assistant comes in. He’s got this brown paper bag that’s bundled up. He says, ‘Take this drug, it’ll really help you.’ It was yellow and black. I was like, ‘What the f–k is this?’ I felt jittery and hyper. I went and told the sports medicine guy. The next day, [the show’s resident doctor, Robert Huizenga] gave us some lame explanation of why they got added to our regimen and that it was up to us to take them … People chastise Bill Cosby for allegedly offering meds to women, but it’s acceptable to do to fat people to make them lose weight. I feel like we got raped, too.”
That last sentence there, that’s, uh, a very serious word to be lobbing around over reality weight loss drug allegations, but nevertheless, here we are. Oh, and she’s not the only one who has thrown around allegations!
Now, folks from The Biggest Loser, including popular trainer Bob Harper, have responded.
Harper told PEOPLE he absolutely denies the allegations:
“These allegations are absolutely false and are in direct conflict with my lifelong devotion to health and fitness. Safety is paramount in my training regimen and, while demanding, my approach has always focused on the overall well-being of contestants as they lose significant weight and educate themselves, for the first time, on living a healthy lifestyle.”
He isn’t the only one giving a steadfast denial, either. The show’s resident doctor, Robert Huizenga — who was named by Gwynn in the allegations — also responded to the drug dish, saying:
“Nothing could be further from the truth. Contestants are told at the start of the show that there is zero tolerance for any weight-loss drugs. Urine drug screens and the evaluation of serial weights are repeatedly used to flush out possible illicit use.”
And unnamed producers from the show itself have also weighed in, releasing a statement to PEOPLE explaining their side of the story and sounding pretty damn steadfast that Gwynn’s allegations are false:
“[The show] prohibits the use of any illegal substances, in addition to the many other rules and procedures of the show that are designed to ensure safety … Our goal is to give contestants the tools, knowledge and the environment in which to get healthy and continue their journey successfully at home.”
But wait — there’s more!
“There are no words could ever truly express my gratitude to all those associated with the show.”
And another FB post, this time from season 12 contestant Vinny Hickerson, also questioned Gwynn’s memory of how the alleged drugging went down:
“The Biggest Loser never made or asked me to take anything. This is what [happens] when you stop making excuses, stop blaming other people and become a meticulous dedicated responsible person. Biggest Loser saved my life and through the things I learned I have helped countless others. #takeresponsibilityforyourownactions”
Obviously, that’s like six against one, and while that doesn’t make Gwynn’s accusations incorrect, it certainly leaves them open to question, at the very least.
Regardless, we know what’s really going on… it’s drugs that are the REAL Biggest Loser, people — and hugs the big winner! Ha!!
What do U think?! A scandal much ado about nothing, or does The Biggest Loser have to answer some big questions here??
Let us know in the comments (below)!