EXCLUSIVE: NBC’s The Biggest Loser CANCELED after 17-season run | Breaking the rules on The Biggest Loser
NBC’s The Biggest Loser will not be returning for another season according to the show’s resident doctor, Dr Robert Huizenga who is putting the blame on a former contestant who alleged the participants were given drugs on set to lose weight.
The revelation was made in court documents obtained by DailyMail.com in which the doctor accuses a participant of bringing bad publicity to the show.
NBC is yet to announce the show’s cancellation and DailyMail.com has reached out to the network for comment.
Last year, Dr Huizenga sued Joelle Gwynn, who appeared on the show in 2008, and the New York Post, over an article claiming the doctor was behind giving participants illegal weight loss pills.
Gwynn accused the show’s trainer Bob Harper of supplying contestants with Adderall, a drug prescribed to patients with ADHD and is also known to suppress appetite, and pills containing ephedra extract, which has been banned by the FDA.
Scandal: The Biggest Loser resident doctor, Dr Robert Huizenga has revealed in court documents that the weight loss show has been given the ax due to claims he provided illegal diet pills to participants.
Contestant Joelle Gwynn, who was on the show in 2008, told the New York Post last year contestants were told to lie about their calorie intake and were given pills which left her feeling ‘jittery and hyper’.
She told the paper the pills left her feeling ‘jittery and hyper’ and alleged the doctor approved the decision to distribute the pills on the show.
Gwynn, along with other past contestants, also claimed they were told to lie about their calorie intake and said that after the competition, they quickly gained back all the weight as a result of the regimen.
‘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,’ she told the paper last year.
Huizenga denied all allegations and filed a lawsuit stating the story was ‘fabricated, fictitious and outright libelous.’
In his lawsuit he argues ‘nothing could be further from the truth,’ as he is ‘a world-renowned health expert and esteemed sports doctor who advocates for safe and effective weight loss methods.’
The contestant also accused the show’s trainer Bob Harper (pictured) of supplying contestants with Adderall and pills containing ephedra extract, which has been banned by the FDA.
Some contestants alleged that following the competition, they quickly gained back all the weight as a result of the regimen.
Gwynn fired back, reaffirming her statements in the article, and demanded his suit be tossed and the doctor pay her attorney fees.
She also argued that a defamatory statement cannot be ‘of and concerning’ someone unless it specifically mentions him by name – which she did not.
However, references to the doctor were made throughout the article.
Now new court documents show Huizenga is demanding Gwynn’s motion be denied as he alleges her public comments are what caused the network to pull the plug.
‘Ms. Gwynn’s outrageous accusations, which resulted in the cancellation of The Biggest Loser and Dr. Huizenga losing two other opportunities on television, are particularly egregious given Dr. Huizenga’s strict life-long anti-drug beliefs and strict anti-drug policy on The Biggest Loser, where he did not even permit contestants to take legal, over-the-counter caffeine pills or drink more than one cup of coffee, much less illegal drugs,’ court papers state.
Bigger loser: Dr Huizenga has slammed the claims as ‘libelous’ and ‘fictitious’ and has blamed Gwynn for the show’s cancellation as well as for his loss of employment for two upcoming television shows.
Ephedra (pictured) has been known to be used as weight-loss aid but was banned by the FDA following drug-related deaths.
His attorneys stood by their claims of defamation saying a ‘defamed person need not be named in the defamatory words’ if the statements are enough to identify the injured person.
The lawsuit makes note that unlike the The New York Post, who answered, she has filed a ‘meritless motion.’
In addition to losing his role on the show, Dr Huizenga claims the controversy caused him to lose an upcoming role on another network show, and on another reality television show.
Season 17 of the hit show finished its run in February 2016. NBC has not publicly announced a decision on future installments of The Biggest Loser.