This week on "The Biggest Loser," the finale five contestants objected to the "unfair" decision to bring back a previously eliminated contestant. Two contestants, Mark Cornielson and Buddy Shuh, walked out, forfeiting their chances of winning either the final or the at-home prizes in the process.
After taking quite a bit of heat from the viewers, Mark took to Facebook to defend his decision to walk away. The youth pastor quoted several passages from the Bible and talked about having his eye on a different "prize."
He writes, "My prize has never been about money or material things, I walked into this being really clear that I didn't care about any of that. The prize I fought for was the ability to be a healthier, stronger witness for Christ; a better, more energetic husband to my amazing wife; a more loving and caring father to my children; and a pastor with renewed passion for the people I serve...I've received and will continue to receive these prizes."
This "prize" that he refers to was the chance to live on the "Biggest Loser" ranch, learn about nutrition and healthy diet, and exercise with world-class trainers. By walking away from the "prize," he took away an opportunity from thousands of Americans who would have welcomed the chance to appear on the program.
"Twists and turns" are part of reality TV. These contestants have seen the show, so they should have known that bringing back an eliminated contestant was a real possibility. Just last season, Ramon earned his spot back in the finale by winning the "Biggest Loser" marathon.
As Alison Sweeney and her lawyer pointed out, it was even written in the contract. They knew what they were signing up for.
As for the "unfairness" of it all, some of these contestants sure have a sense of entitlement. They think they're more deserving because they've "worked harder" than everyone else. If anything, it's the contestants at home who are at the disadvantage. They have to juggle real-life responsibilities, kids, careers, and peer pressure. And they no longer have access to Bob, Dolvett, and the nutritionist.
What part of the "twists and turns" did these "sore losers" not appreciate? The shopping sprees with Jessica Simpson, the free trip to Hawaii, the world-class makeovers, or the all-expenses paid trip to the White House to meet Michelle Obama?
Throughout the season, Mark has claimed to be a "man of God," but he's often come of as a bully and a hypocrite. Thanks to Conda and her cronies, this season has been reduced to backstabbing, alliances, and petty high school politics. I'm rooting for Adrian and Daphne to either earn their way back into the competition, or win the at-home prize.
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