11 Former ‘Biggest Loser’ Stars Who Have Spoken Out Against the Show

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11 Former ‘Biggest Loser’ Stars Who Have Spoken Out Against the Show

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11 Former ‘Biggest Loser’ Stars Who Have Spoken Out Against the Show

Backlash surrounding The Biggest Loser is nothing new, though it is coming to the surface again now, thanks to a new show.

On June 13, the NBC reality series’ creator J.D. Roth’s spin-off The Big Fat Truth will premiere on Z Living, bringing back six former contestants looking to lose the weight they gained post-show.

This spurred Season 11’s Rulon Gardner to speak out yet again against TBL, as well as its sibling series. But he’s not the only one!

Scroll through for 11 former contestants — plus, a host and a trainer — who have spoken out against the show.

11 Former ‘Biggest Loser’ Stars Who Have Spoken Out Against the Show
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Rulon Gardner, Season 11

Rulon Gardner, Season 11

Rulon is slamming creator J.D. Roth for his new show, saying he “preys on overweight and vulnerable people to make millions of dollars and to get lots of corporate sponsors. So it makes sense that he would come back and recreate that.”

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Rulon Gardner, Season 11

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Rulon is slamming creator J.D. Roth for his new show, saying he “preys on overweight and vulnerable people to make millions of dollars and to get lots of corporate sponsors. So it makes sense that he would come back and recreate that.”

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Kai Hibbard, Season 3

Kai Hibbard, Season 3

"The whole f—king show is a fat-shaming disaster that I'm embarrassed to have participated in," Kai told New York Post in 2015. 

“You just think you're so lucky to be there that you don't think to question or complain about anything.”

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Kai Hibbard, Season 3

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"The whole f—king show is a fat-shaming disaster that I'm embarrassed to have participated in," Kai told New York Post in 2015. 

“You just think you're so lucky to be there that you don't think to question or complain about anything.”

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Danny Cahill, Season 8

Danny Cahill, Season 8

Danny, who has gained back over 100 pounds of the 240 he lost, told Us Weekly his metabolism has slowed immensely since the show.

“The battle was just beginning because it’s been harder now,” he explained. 

“Losing it was six months of my life. That was a period, but now I have to live with this day after day, for the rest of my life, and that is really hard.”

Danny Cahill, Season 8

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Danny, who has gained back over 100 pounds of the 240 he lost, told Us Weekly his metabolism has slowed immensely since the show.

“The battle was just beginning because it’s been harder now,” he explained. 

“Losing it was six months of my life. That was a period, but now I have to live with this day after day, for the rest of my life, and that is really hard.”

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Jillian Michaels, former trainer

Jillian Michaels, former trainer

After Season 15 winner Rachel Frederickson appeared dramatically thinner in the season finale, trainer Jillian Michaels left TBL saying she was "deeply concerned by the negative direction the show has taken.”

“I was immediately concerned and wondering how this happened, how no one had said something to me and how the checks and balances that have been put into place, in my opinion, this had fallen through those checks and balances,” she told E! News at the time.

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Jillian Michaels, former trainer

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After Season 15 winner Rachel Frederickson appeared dramatically thinner in the season finale, trainer Jillian Michaels left TBL saying she was "deeply concerned by the negative direction the show has taken.”

“I was immediately concerned and wondering how this happened, how no one had said something to me and how the checks and balances that have been put into place, in my opinion, this had fallen through those checks and balances,” she told E! News at the time.

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Suzanne Mendonca, Season 2

Suzanne Mendonca, Season 2

The Season 2 contestant accused the show of abuse in 2015, telling New York Post she suffered multiple stress fractures in her feet during filming and wasn’t allowed to stop training. She also claims they ate baby food and would use the sauna for hours a day to lose weight. 

Suzanne, who now takes blood pressure medicine and is pre-diabetic, says, “A lot of the Losers probably won’t say this — they all drank the Kool-Aid — but we have all suffered.”

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Suzanne Mendonca, Season 2

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The Season 2 contestant accused the show of abuse in 2015, telling New York Post she suffered multiple stress fractures in her feet during filming and wasn’t allowed to stop training. She also claims they ate baby food and would use the sauna for hours a day to lose weight. 

Suzanne, who now takes blood pressure medicine and is pre-diabetic, says, “A lot of the Losers probably won’t say this — they all drank the Kool-Aid — but we have all suffered.”

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Tracey Yukich, Season 8

Tracey Yukich, Season 8

Similar to Danny Cahill, 45-year-old Tracey told Us Weekly in 2016 she gains weight more quickly now, forcing her to go to extremes to maintain a healthy weight.

“I give myself a full 12 hours of empty belly for fasted cardio in the morning,” she stated. “I have to work out twice a day; otherwise I bloom up to over 200 pounds.”

Tracey Yukich, Season 8

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Similar to Danny Cahill, 45-year-old Tracey told Us Weekly in 2016 she gains weight more quickly now, forcing her to go to extremes to maintain a healthy weight.

“I give myself a full 12 hours of empty belly for fasted cardio in the morning,” she stated. “I have to work out twice a day; otherwise I bloom up to over 200 pounds.”

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Sean Algaier, Season 8

Sean Algaier, Season 8

The 37-year-old pastor went from 444 pounds to 289 on the show, only to gain it all back after — and then some. Doctors say he is burning 458 fewer calories a day than would be expected for a man his size.

“It’s kind of like hearing you have a life sentence,” he told NYTimes last year.

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Sean Algaier, Season 8

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The 37-year-old pastor went from 444 pounds to 289 on the show, only to gain it all back after — and then some. Doctors say he is burning 458 fewer calories a day than would be expected for a man his size.

“It’s kind of like hearing you have a life sentence,” he told NYTimes last year.

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Ajay Rochester, Biggest Loser Australia host

Ajay Rochester, Biggest Loser Australia host

The former host of TBL’s Australian franchise spoke out against the series, saying producers cared more about contestants looking thin than being healthy or projecting a positive image.

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Ajay Rochester, Biggest Loser Australia host

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The former host of TBL’s Australian franchise spoke out against the series, saying producers cared more about contestants looking thin than being healthy or projecting a positive image.

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Dina Mercado, Season 8

Dina Mercado, Season 8

“I think at this point there is kind of a false hope with [The Biggest Loser] because knowing what we know now, going into it, I didn’t know this...” Alicia said in 2016 of studies showing the negative impact of the show on contestants’ health.

Dina Mercado, Season 8

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“I think at this point there is kind of a false hope with [The Biggest Loser] because knowing what we know now, going into it, I didn’t know this...” Alicia said in 2016 of studies showing the negative impact of the show on contestants’ health.

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Ali Vincent, Season 5

Ali Vincent, Season 5

Though the first female winner hasn’t outright slammed the show, she did reveal in 2016 she’d gained back all 112 pounds she lost in 2008, due to not fully dealing with the emotional elements of her eating habits.

The Biggest Loser gave me the opportunity to believe in myself, and I don’t know that I ever really did,” Vincent said in interview with pastor T.D. Jakes

“Everybody wanted me to and I wanted to for them, and I had results to prove it. But do I really deserve to have everything that I dream of? Do I deserve to have this happiness?”

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Ali Vincent, Season 5

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Though the first female winner hasn’t outright slammed the show, she did reveal in 2016 she’d gained back all 112 pounds she lost in 2008, due to not fully dealing with the emotional elements of her eating habits.

The Biggest Loser gave me the opportunity to believe in myself, and I don’t know that I ever really did,” Vincent said in interview with pastor T.D. Jakes

“Everybody wanted me to and I wanted to for them, and I had results to prove it. But do I really deserve to have everything that I dream of? Do I deserve to have this happiness?”

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Joelle Gwynn, Season 7

Joelle Gwynn, Season 7

Joelle confirmed to New York Post in 2016 that the show had provided Adderall and pills with FDA-banned ephedra extract to aid in contestants’ quick weight loss. 

She says the show’s doctor, Rob Huizenga, told them it was “up to us to take them.”

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Joelle Gwynn, Season 7

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Joelle confirmed to New York Post in 2016 that the show had provided Adderall and pills with FDA-banned ephedra extract to aid in contestants’ quick weight loss. 

She says the show’s doctor, Rob Huizenga, told them it was “up to us to take them.”

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Backlash surrounding The Biggest Loser is nothing new, though it is coming to the surface again now, thanks to a new show.

On June 13, the NBC reality series’ creator J.D. Roth’s spin-off The Big Fat Truth will premiere on Z Living, bringing back six former contestants looking to lose the weight they gained post-show.

This spurred Season 11’s Rulon Gardner to speak out yet again against TBL, as well as its sibling series. But he’s not the only one!

Scroll through for 11 former contestants — plus, a host and a trainer — who have spoken out against the show.