There’s trouble in the land of reality television this week. The latest reality television controversy stems around NBC’s “The Biggest Loser’s” contestants on the current season, and it just may be a breach of contract for those involved. There are recent reports that all of the remaining contestants of this seasons’ Biggest Loser walked off set and refuse to compete, because producers brought back all previously eliminated contestants to compete once again. Current contestants think this is an unfair move and refuse to compete under the current conditions.
I’ve got a few thoughts about the recent turmoil:
A. Could this just be a publicity stunt on the behalf of a lower rated season of “The Biggest Loser”?
B. Are these contestants really that stubborn?
C. And, if all of this is really true, what kind of crazy lawsuits are on their way from NBC to the walk off contestants?
Regarding the first possibility, I can’t help but think how lame it would be for NBC to stoop to this strategy, yet also brilliant at the same time. I certainly think it has a WWF stage flare to it, but I could see how it would work in the end. If they round up enough Biggest Loser fanatics and blog writers to stir the pot of speculation, perhaps their desired ratings will come forth.
In terms of the second thought, if these contestants are just that stubborn, I, and many other viewers will be disappointed, especially those who tried out for the show and didn’t make it, but would have put their all in changing their lifestyle on the ranch…after all, that’s what the show is all about, right? Riiiiight. Lines get blurred when there’s cash and cameras involved. These contestants may really have let the lure of winning prize money or the rush from getting attention from producers get the best of them. I hope that it’s not true, but then again, I hope that my first speculation isn’t true either. Hmmm. It’s almost a lose-lose here, folks.
And, for my last thought, if this is indeed a stunt that the contestants have pulled off, I would bet there’s going to be some hefty lawsuits filed by NBC and perhaps other affiliates, such as advertisers through product placement, etc. I could be wrong, but I would imagine that signing a contract to be a contestant on “The Biggest Loser” doesn’t leave you much wiggle room to walk off the show and interrupt production and not get penalized in some way. That’s where I will be very curious to the outcome, if it is indeed true, and not just a producer publicity stunt. I’d hate to see things go awry with the network and contestants on something as silly as this.
Time will tell, I guess. May the least drama-filled contestant win!
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