Fear not "The Biggest Loser" fans, the contestants' threat to quit mid-season will not derail the show -- IF producers adopt one TMZ staffer's plan to lay down the law ... and drop a ton of LBs.
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'Biggest Loser' Contestants
Throw Weight Around,
Threaten to Quit Show
2/22/2012 8:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
There's a big, fat problem on the set of "The Biggest Loser" -- TMZ has learned nearly all of the remaining contestants have walked off the show and are threatening to quit after learning about a secret "twist" that could seriously affect their shot at the $250,000 grand prize.
Multiple sources connected with the show tell us ... the mutiny took place this week ... when the losers got word that producers were considering bringing back previous contestants to compete for the grand prize.
We're told most of the current contestants were pissed -- feeling it was unfair that prior losers would get a second bite at the apple ... so they banded together and decided to protest by walking off the show in the middle of shooting an episode.
Sources tell us ... show honchos have shut down production for at least a week while they figure out how to handle the situation.
A rep for NBC had no comment on the situation.
'Biggest Loser' Host
My New Year's Resolution ...
Over 20 Miles of Pain
1/2/2012 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Most people sign up for some spin classes ... but "Biggest Loser" host Alison Sweeney is taking that 26.2 steps further for her New Year's resolution -- telling TMZ, she plans to run the L.A. Marathon this year.
She's got 76 days left to get ready -- the marathon is scheduled for March 18 -- but Alison tells us, she already got a head start ... beginning her training two months ago.
Sweeney says she plans to hit the pavement with several "Biggest Loser" alums on the big day. Now that's commitment.
"Biggest Loser" Competitor
Upgraded to Stable Condition
After Bone-Shattering Fall
9/23/2011 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Biggest Loser" competitor Sam Poueu -- who was listed in critical condition after falling several stories from a fire escape this month -- is making some serious progress in his recovery and has been upgraded to stable, TMZ has learned.
We're told doctors are still wary because Sam's status could change at any moment -- but overall, everyone's excited by his progress.
As we previously reported, Sam was celebrating a friend's birthday when he accidentally locked himself on the roof -- and fell several stories while trying to climb down a fire escape.
Sam suffered a pelvic injury, torn ligaments, a punctured lung, and a broken leg during the accident.
'Biggest Loser' 911 Call
'I Heard a Really Loud Crash'
9/20/2011 2:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Biggest Loser" contestant Sam Poueu made "a really loud crash" when he fell from a building earlier this month ...this according to the woman who saw him lying on the ground and called 911.
As TMZ first reported, Poueu was hospitalized on September 3 with a pelvic injury, torn ligaments, a punctured lung, and a broken leg. His fiancée later explained he fell from a fire escape after he was accidentally locked out on the roof of a friend's apartment.
'Biggest Loser' Sam Poueu
Details Revealed In
9/12/2011 4:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The "Biggest Loser" contestant who was seriously injured after he plummeted several stories from a building last week was trying to climb down a fire escape when he slipped and fell ... this according to his fiancee.
TMZ broke the story, Season 9 competitor Sam Poueu was listed in critical condition after the Sept. 3 incident ... and now fiancee Stephanie Anderson told People.com the whole thing happened because he got locked out on the roof of his friend's apartment.
It all went down in San Francisco, as Poueu was celebrating a friend's birthday -- when he went up to the roof by himself and the door locked behind him.
Anderson says Poueu "attempted to climb down the fire escape ladder to drop down into the fourth floor balcony and slipped."
As we first reported, Poueu suffered a pelvic injury, torn ligaments, a punctured lung, and a broken leg during the accident ... but Anderson says he's making "positive and encouraging strides" in his recovery ... adding, "To date, many of his internal injuries are on the healing mend."
'Biggest Loser' Competitor
In Critical Condition
After Falling Several Stories
9/8/2011 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
One of the contestants from "Biggest Loser" Season 9 is listed in critical condition at a San Francisco hospital, TMZ has learned -- after plummeting several stories from a building on September 3rd.
It's unclear how he fell -- but sources close to Sam Poueu tell us ... he suffered a pelvic injury, torn ligaments, a punctured lung, and a broken leg during the accident.
According to sources, Sam -- who was a fan favorite on the show last year -- is currently recovering in the ICU -- but while he's listed in critical condition, we're told he can still recognize visitors.
Dr. H from "Biggest Loser" tells us, he can't make specific comments about Sam's current condition -- but claims Sam is doing better every day.
Anna Kournikova Scores Gig on 'Biggest Loser'
5/25/2011 5:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's official, tennis hottie Anna Kournikova has signed a deal to join "The Biggest Loser" next season -- while THREE current stars of the show will be on their way out.
Producers confirm the 29-year-old will join the show as a celebrity trainer ... but trainers Jillian Michaels, Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova will not return for Season 12.
Exec. producer Todd Lubin tells New York Magazine the decision to hire Anna was all part of an effort to reboot the show for it's 12th season.
We're "getting slightly away from just the tape measure, and getting into overall well being and health. That's where Loser needs to go" explains Lubin.
He continues ... "She grew up with very little in Moscow, pounding tennis balls every day when she was 5. That's the drive she's bringing to the show."
Her 'Biggest' Challenge Yet
1/5/2011 5:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Biggest Loser" trainer Jillian Michaels believes slim is in -- but not everyone (in the TMZ newsroom) agrees and now she's sparked a major beef. Mmm ... did someone say beef?
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'Biggest Loser' Camper Injured in Malibu
11/7/2010 4:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A woman who enrolled at The Biggest Loser Resort just learned the hard way ... exercise can be a bitch.
The Biggest Loser Resort is a weight loss center in Malibu with ties to NBC and the show. We've learned a woman staying there was hiking on Backbone Trail in the Malibu area, when she fell off the trail and broke her ankle.
We're told an L.A. County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team assisted the L.A. County Fire Dept. in finding her, put her on a stretcher and rushed her by ambulance to a nearby hospital.
A rep for NBC says the woman was not a contestant on the show.
But who knew there was a Biggest Loser camp?
Jillian Michaels Sued
8/4/2010 7:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Biggest Loser" star Jillian Michaels was just slapped with another multi-million dollar lawsuit over her weight loss products -- and this time, it's about a detox supplement that allegedly "might kill you."
The class action lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, was filed today in L.A. County Superior Court by a woman who only wants to be known by her initials -- R.D. -- due to her "very real fear of retaliation OR harassment by Defendants."
In the lawsuit, R.D. claims Jillian's "Triple Process Total Body Detox & Cleanse" diet supplement contains a "potentially lethal combination of toxic ingredients" ... and it "might kill you."
In the suit, R.D. lays out what she considers to be the risks associated with various ingredients in Jillian's product, including:
-- Irish Moss Powder ... "causes gastrointestinal ulcers" and is "so toxic that it is the gel commonly applied to aircraft wings to dissolve ice"
-- Bearberry ... "known to cause nausea and vomiting"
-- Yarrow ... "a toxic lawn weed that causes dermatitis"
-- Chinese Rhubarb ... "a harsh laxative and dangerous diuretic that can cause sever dehydration and may cause irreversible liver damage"
-- Fenugreek Seed ... "interferes with digestion and causes both diarrhea and gas"
R.D. is suing Jillian and Thin Care International for more than $10 million for "actively and fraudulently" conspiring to hide the alleged dangers of their product.
If this story sounds familiar, it's not the first ... second ... or even the third time Jillian has been sued by people who claim her diet products are potentially toxic.
No comment from Jillian Michaels' camp.
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'Biggest Loser' Chick Dumps Hubby ... for a Lady
5/9/2010 12:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A female "Biggest Loser" contestant didn't just drop a couple of pounds after she left the show -- she also dropped her husband ... and picked up a brand new GIRLFRIEND!
TMZ has learned Rasha Spindel -- who appeared on the NBC reality show back in 2006 with her then-fiance Edwin Chapman -- recently divorced the guy after three years of marriage ... and is now engaged to a woman.
We spoke to Rasha, who told us, “After 30 years, I finally realized I was gay. I have never been this happy as I am now as I am about to marry my best friend and soul mate who just happens to be the sexiest drag-king on the planet.”
Rasha added, "I wish Edwin the best of luck and I hope he finds happiness."
Spindel's new special somebody is Vanna Pecoraro -- they're set to tie the knot at a private ceremony on August 28.
Sued by Another Big,
2/16/2010 9:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
If you're keeping score at home, this is the third time Jillian Michaels has been sued over her line of fat burning pills -- but this time, there are allegations they contain a "potentially lethal" blend of ingredients.
In the class action lawsuit, filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, Kathy Hensley claims "The Biggest Loser" trainer "sold her proverbial soul to the devil" by teaming up with the companies that created her fat burner.
Hensley claims Jillian and those companies -- Thin Care and Basic Research -- failed to disclose that the main ingredients of the "Jillian Michael Maximum Strength Fat Burner" allegedly combine to make a "toxic cocktail."
In the lawsuit, Hensley claims one of the pill's ingredients -- citrus aurantium -- is "potentially lethal" and known to cause high blood pressure and serious cardiac problems in certain individuals.
Hensley filed the class action lawsuit against Jillian, Thin Care, Basic Research and Walgreens -- and is suing for less than $5,000,000.
Two lawsuits ago, Jillian's people told us the product was vetted by experts and she's confident she'll prevail in court.