Rachel Frederickson‘s shocking weight-loss transformation during Tuesday’s (Feb. 4) finale of “The Biggest Loser” was met with alarm by both the viewing public and onstage trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels.
Frederickson’s loss of more than 59 percent of her body weight led viewers to question whether the NBC reality show had anyone monitoring the Season 15 contestants’ weight loss while they were away from the show. Meanwhile, Harper and Michaels’ instant reaction at Frederickson’s stunning shrink-down has been forever cemented on film.
Following the finale, both trainers quickly departed the NBC set, not sticking around to answer questions from the press. The following day, the two issued identical statements on their Facebook accounts.
“So here it is,” Michaels writes. “Bob and I want to take a moment to congratulate all of the BL contestants on their hard work. We’re not comfortable commenting on Rachel’s journey because weren’t her trainers and weren’t given an opportunity to work with her at any point. Any questions about the contestants on the Biggest Loser should be directed to the show’s producers.”
Harper released the very same statement on his Facebook page.
Frederickson’s trainer, Dolvett Quince, has remained silent on social media in the face of the scandal surrounding the shocking weight loss. Zap2it spoke with Quince backstage at the finale, however, where the trainer remained positive about the night’s events.
“It’s amazing,” he says. “That’s what the show’s built on — transformation. At the end of the day, we make people who doubt themselves believe in themselves again, so the transformation first has to start with how they perceive themselves and that they even have the strength to even begin to lose weight. So the minute they start on the show, the transformation is cemented. We come to a day like today and you just see these amazing transformations in these people? It gives you hope that anything is possible.”
UPDATE: Producers have since released a statement, saying they support Rachel.
Are you surprised that the training team at “The Biggest Loser” hasn’t directly addressed Frederickson’s weight loss?