Ruben Studdard was eliminated from The Biggest Loser for the 2nd time in last night’s episode. His first elimination, only 3 weeks ago, resulted in controversy after he was reinstated.
The American Idol season 2 winner insists that his return was on the up and up:
During a conference call with reporters, Studdard insisted that there was no conspiracy to bring him back to boost ratings, even if he was considered the fan favorite. When asked if he thinks Michaels breaking the rules and his return was all a ploy dreamed up by producers, Studdard shut the notion down.
“I don’t think that happened. I have no control over what people decide to do. My only concern was my health and coming back to the show, so I don’t think at all it was a conspiracy to bring me back because they were all sad that I had to leave,” he reasoned. “I don’t think they wanted me back any more or any less, it was just something that happened. And because of fairness issues, they brought me back.”
Viewers became even more sceptical when it became clear that Ruben’s week 3 ouster interrupted plans to shill his new single and an appearance with record producer, David Foster–which took place the week he returned
Ruben was brought back to the show after it was “discovered” that trainer Jillian Michaels was giving her team caffeine supplements, which the producers deemed unfair. The results that week were nulled and Jillian’s team was punished. Jillian hinted on twitter that it was all a setup for ratings.
Ruben lost 70 pounds on the show and 30 more at home. So good on him!
The second elimination was just as hard as the first:
Honestly, I guess I can say [it felt] the same,” Studdard said. “It was leaving the same people with the exception of Craig. Everybody was still there, so it was still kind of difficult leaving the friends that I had made. I knew in the back of mind I had a lot of work waiting for me when I left the ranch. I had an album that I had to work on and I had to continue to work on myself. So that brief moment when I walked away from them when I was leaving the ranch was difficult, but as soon as the next day started, my work started.
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