Biggest Loser needs to dump its “you are not the biggest loser” send-off line

At the end of every episode, the host of The Biggest Loser 4–currently the awkward and stilted Allison Sweeney–says the same thing to the eliminated cast member. Allison uses basically the same line that Caroline Rhea did during the first three seasons: “I’m sorry to tell you you are not the biggest loser.”

After Kae’s competitors voted her out of the competition, Allison said, “Kae, you have lost 30 percent of your body weight. You have the highest percentage of weight loss of any female to ever play The Biggest Loser. You even beat out Erik from season three.” Then the host prepared to deliver the final line, but she couldn’t do it: “I’m sorry to tell you, Kae, that you are not–” She paused. “It’s so ironic to say this, but Kae, technically speaking, you are not the biggest loser.”

In other words, even the host has no idea why she’s saying this nonsensical sentence. It’s one thing to have a game component, which exists to inject artificial drama into the cast members’ time on the show. But it’s another to just be dishonest. Sometimes the person who wins the show really is the biggest loser, but that’s not guaranteed.

The name of the show and its game structure probably won’t change, but at least the send-off should. When the host can’t even regurgitate the line, it needs to change. How about, “You did not win The Biggest Loser.” Or maybe, “You’ve lost too much weight on a show that pretends to be only about weight loss and now you have to leave and go home now so you don’t threaten your fellow competitors who pretend to be your friends.” Okay, they won’t be that honest, but at least stop lying to everyone with that stupid line.

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