'Biggest Loser' producers support Rachel Frederickson, Ruben Studdard says he's 'proud' of her
Producers are standing by Frederickson. In a statement to People, production company Shine America says, "We support Rachel and all of 'The Biggest Loser' contestants who have shared their journeys over the past 15 seasons. We remain committed to helping contestants achieve healthy weight loss and live healthier lifestyles, and to inspiring viewers to do the same."
However, an unnamed source says it isn't quite as easy as that. Production knew how thin Rachel looked on finale night, according to one source. "Executives honestly thought that maybe she'd look okay and that no one would notice but people gasped."
The trainers are remaining most or less mum. Both Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper have put statements on Facebook where they say they're not comfortable commenting on Rachel's journey because they were not her trainers. Frederickson's trainer, Dolvett Quince (pictured with Rachel above), has not said anything about Frederickson's weight loss so far.
Fellow contestant Ruben Studdard tells Extra that he's proud of Frederickson. "'The Biggest Loser' is about making changes in your life, she has most definitely done that ... she had a lot of setbacks that made her turn to food to cope with those things, and she's been able to overcome that, so I'm very proud of Rachel. I'm very proud of what she's become, she's the 'Biggest Loser' winner, and that's all I know," says Studdard.
As for Frederickson herself, she tells Zap2it that there are no plans to gain back any weight. " I'm in maintenance mode, so it's finding that balance," she says. "I'm very fortunate that I'm at that point."
What do you think, readers? Did Frederickson go too far?