Biggest Loser auditions cancelled in San Diego because of large turnout

Auditions for The Biggest Loser 3 were cancelled yesterday in San Diego, after more than 1,500 people showed up to the restaurant venue.

Potential contestants “began lining up in the parking lot of Dave & Buster’s around midnight for an event that was scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m,” the San Diego Union Tribune reports. Police showed up around 9 a.m. because of “minor problems like public urination but [made] no arrests,” but that prompted the restaurant, Dave & Buster’s, to cancel the auditions. In a statement, the restaurant said, “Providing a safe environment for our guests and team members is always Dave & Buster’s first priority. Unfortunately the situation (yesterday) was not safe despite our very best efforts to make it so.”

The paper reports that “NBC officials stressed they were ‘in no way involved with the cancellation’ and said the auditions would be rescheduled. They encouraged contestants to phone a ‘Biggest Loser’ hotline at (310) 727-3307 or check nbc.com for updates.” As of right now, the open casting calls do not list a rescheduled event.

Those who showed up were upset that they had to leave. Sam Casas told the paper, “Some bought plane tickets and took time off work to come here. … They said it was because there wasn’t enough security, but it wasn’t a rock concert or a Chargers game. Come on, it was a bunch of fat people!”

Others were even more appalled, such as Dina Garcia, who is an excellent illustration of how completely dependent upon reality TV our culture has become. She tells NBC San Diego, “I traveled 1,200 miles, took time off to come down here, and [it was] canceled for no reason, no good explanation, no nothing. Where’s our chance to be skinny?”

Dina: It’s called diet and exercise and motivation. You don’t need a damn reality show to lose weight.

Restaurant pulls plug on ‘The Biggest Loser’ [San Diego Union Tribune]
Hundreds Lose Out On ‘Biggest Loser’ Tryout [NBC San Diego]

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