Rulon Gardner explains why he quit Biggest Loser

Olympic gold medalist, wrestler, and near-death experience survivor Rulon Gardner quit The Biggest Loser on Tuesday’s episode, although that was badly timed because he then showed up as a contestant during the cross-promotional challenge on Top Chef Masters last night.

While he said on the show he was leaving for personal reasons after losing 188 pounds, and NBC would only say the same thing (“Rulon chose to leave the show for personal reasons, and we respected his wishes,” the network told Reuters), he released a statement that gave more insight into his departure, and it involves returning to wrestling:

“Participating on The Biggest Loser was a fantastic experience. I went on the show to get my life and my health back and I have accomplished that goal. I want to thank the trainers and all those connected with the show who helped me in that endeavor. Once I reached my goal and started feeling like my old self, I felt compelled to return home and support my wife, Kamie, in the ongoing management of our personal and professional affairs. The real prize for me in participating on the show was regaining my life back and thanks to the show I have accomplished that. Another exciting outcome is that I am strongly considering a return to competitive wrestling.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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