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The Biggest Loser Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

This is an interview with Daphne Dortch on February 22, 2012 about the show The Biggest Loser.

Daphne Dortch

Question:
Since there was so much drama at the ranch, I wonder could I hear your side? And why do you think Conda and the others made it so hard for you and Adrian? It was just nasty and was there more that we didn't even see on camera?

Daphne Dortch:
It sure was nasty and you know there's always two sides of every story. We're filmed 24 hours a day so of course in two hours you can't possibly see everything that goes on. But as far as how everyone reacted to us in the house, I believe we never had a chance they knew whoever lost the challenge the first night that it was going to be very difficult for whoever came back to bond with the people that were already in the house that had bonded for a month, you know before we even got there.

So I think that is what it solely came down to. They had formed their bonds once, you know after me and my brother had already got back in the house. And I also believe that you know me and my brother we're very strong people. You know it didn't take us long to get up to speed with everyone else, you know the first day we were there, we didn't pass out you know. The exercise was basically what we had been doing when we were at home. So I think they also saw us as a threat.

Question:
Share what this part of The Biggest Loser experience has done for you and your kids?

Daphne Dortch:
Before going on the ranch, I mean for God's sake I'm 37 years old, I was at home living with my parents. Not because I didn't have money, not because I couldn't live on my own but I feared, I was living in fear every day. I thought every day that I was going to die. I was uncomfortable sleeping you know by myself, I wouldn't even go to sleep if no one was in the house with me because I was scared that when I woke up that there would be no one around to comfort me if I went into afib.

So losing this weight, I've already won The Biggest Loser because I'm in my own place now, I don't need to have someone here in order for me to go to sleep you know. I can sleep easier now at night knowing that I'm not going to wake up in afib. So this is the best prize in the world to me.

Question:
Thinking back to when you first arrived on the show, how different were your expectations from what the reality actually was?

Daphne Dortch:
Never in a million years did I envision my experience would be what it was. I had watched previous seasons but it seemed like every time I turned on the TV I was watching people just being weighed in, I had no clue about the game that everyone was playing. And when I signed up to go there I didn't care about the money, I didn't care about the game, I just felt like every day was like I was taking a chance and I felt like I was dying and I just want to save my life so I could be around for my kids. So I didn't care about the game, I didn't know about the game, I just wanted to get healthy so I could stop living with this deep worry of is today going to be my last day.

Question:
What's the most difficult thing about going home after going on the show?

Daphne Dortch:
One thing about being on the ranch and everybody knows this, you know when you're at the ranch there's no distractions. I mean you're taken out of everything that you know so I'm back home now, I have my mommy duties so I have three kids and I have to tend to them. So I've been making it work though, I exercise all day long while they're in school and when they come home it's their time, it's mommy time, so I think that's the biggest thing. I would like to devote more time to working out but I have my children and you know they have to come first.

Question:
So when we spoke to your brother he told us a little bit about the difference between going home the first time and going home the second time as far as the resources and the time commitment that you were both able to do. He mentioned you know your mommy time which is something that he said that your parents kind of took a stronger part in when you returned for the first time. Can you tell us a little bit about that difference?

Daphne Dortch:
Yes, they definitely did. My parents, they were wonderful that month me and my brother was home. I didn't have to wake up one time and get my kids you know ready for school. My mother, she took care of all that. It's different this time because it's a little harder because now I'm in my own house. Before when I was at home for that month I was living in the house with my parents still. So it was a little bit more easier for my kids to you know be with their grandparents. I sort of have a hurdle because now I'm here in my own place and it's just very difficult.

I work out like a lot of hours and I don't want to have my kids out very late at their grandparent's house when they have school the next day. So I get to work out in while they're at school so that's the difference, the difference is that I'm in my own place now versus my parent's place where it was a little bit convenient and easier for me to just you know come and go as I pleased to get my workouts in.

Question:
How would you say that your workout routine aside from the amount of time that you're allowed to do it, did anything change really in what you do now?

Daphne Dortch:
When me and my brother, when we returned to the ranch after just limiting ourselves to only like vegetables and lean meat you know we had worked hard that whole month. So I guess we were sort of taking a break. You know I guess we were sort of you know taking a break, we had you know more carbs into our diet than we had before, so that was a difference. Now that we're home we're back to our regular routine, we do the same things that we did before when we were going to the ranch. So we know what works for us now and that's what we're sticking to.

Question:
You went into the temptation challenge and ate and then switched Conda and Jeremy. Why bother to do that at all and what was your thinking behind the move that you did make as opposed to maybe building a stronger team for yourself to guarantee your safety?

Daphne Dortch:
I ate the Reese's because I did not want anyone to have control of me going to the red team. I did not want to be with Dolvett, I wanted to stay with Bob and I knew I had to eat to ensure that. As far as why I didn't make more changes, you know it was very personal. Me and my brother we got in to the house and you know the black team, it may appear that they accepted me but they were just very quiet, you know about it.

I don't think they ever did and of course we can see the red team did not accept my brother at all. You know Conda, we had issues in the house and also with Jeremy there were issues as well too that you would have to ask Jeremy about those issues. But I mean basically I said last night, I did it to defend my brother and I did it for revenge.

Question:
When we talked to your brother a few weeks ago he said that you and he have grown a lot closer because of the show, can you tell me a little bit about that?

Daphne Dortch:
Me and my brother were so close, now we talk every day. We share very deep personal issues with each other, I mean me and my brother, we were in this house together and you know no one really took to us. And all we had was each other so it definitely made us stronger. That's all we had was each other. So our relationship has grown so much from this experience.

Question:
With all the drama and mean girl behavior that's going on this season were you relieved at all to be sent home or did you wish obviously to stay?

Daphne Dortch:
A part of me was extremely relieved to be sent home. I mean it doesn't feel good to be in a house of people that you know where no one likes you and no one talks to you. So it was very stressful and you know that last was very hard for me.

That part of me didn't want to leave but there was another part that wanted to stay because I knew the longer that I stayed the faster and the closer I would get to my goal. So that is the part that you know really wanted to stay there because I knew every week on the ranch is precious you know you're going to hit your goal, you know you're going to lose, you know you're going to celebrate.

It's funny that you ask that because I was really in awe when I watched you know last night I see how they threw the weigh in like I can't believe they wasted one whole week on the ranch like millions of Americans would just die to be on this show. Just die to lose weight and they wasted one whole week on the ranch, so I'm just like in awe from that.

Question:
What do you think is the most important thing you've learned from your time at the ranch?

Daphne Dortch:
The most important thing that I've learned is that you don't need to go to The Biggest Loser to lose weight. You know when I was sent home, I said to myself, wow, they really think I'm going to lose weight like I've been overweight my whole life. What makes them think that I'm going to lose weight now? You know just because I've been chosen for this show, like why do they think I'm going to lose weight?

But I went home, I was determined, you know with the help of my family and my brother we pushed each other, I was able to do it. And when I came back and I got on that and I weighed in and I've lost 26 pounds, I felt like Dorothy. I felt like Dorothy you know, I felt like it was in me all along. I just had to do it. So it was amazing feeling.

Question:
I do want to ask you about a report today that members of the show have walked off, that there's a mutiny over a potential twist coming up. Have you heard anything at all about this?

Daphne Dortch:
No I haven't.

Question:
Do you have anything positive to say about either Conda or Jeremy?

Daphne Dortch:
Conda she's a great cook. Jeremy can be a funny guy. That's the extent to that.

Question:
Everything that we see on the show or have seen up to this point is pretty accurate, the dynamic, the in fighting, the battles between you guys, that's all pretty accurate?

Daphne Dortch:
Everything you see is very accurate.

Question:
Do you feel a sadness at all that you guys couldn't get along?

Daphne Dortch:
You know I do feel sadness, you know being overweight, is like wherever you go you're not accepted. And I figured hey, I'm going to be on The Biggest Loser ranch, we all have something in common, we're all overweight, we all have the same goal, we're all fighting for the same thing. And when you go to the ranch and you're not even accepted with people that are like you and have the same struggles as you I mean yeah, I wish we could have all gotten along, but we couldn't.

Question:
You appeared genuinely caught off guard and surprised by the mood in the house when people started to realize there was this twist. Did you really think that it was not going to come out who ate and who played the game?

Daphne Dortch:
Everyone knows that I had a beef with Conda and everyone in the house had beefs with Conda. Why would Daphne want to do that to Jeremy and then unfortunately that's the question that hopefully one day you guys can ask Jeremy personally. But going into it you know I did it out of revenge. I switched Jeremy and Conda out of revenge. You know it was very personal. The reason why I did it you know I wasn't thinking clearly. I was not thinking clearly, I was thinking from an emotional place and I made the switch. And I knew Jeremy and I knew Conda was going to be upset about it, I had no clue that the whole house was going to be devastated by this switch. So I had no clue about that.

Question:
What do you mean, why would Daphne do this to Jeremy, you're the one answering questions today from the media about what happened, so tell us what's going on?

Daphne Dortch:
Well you know what, like I said maybe one day you guys can ask Jeremy that. Unfortunately I cannot answer that question. But that is a very good question, why is Jeremy so pissed? Why is Daphne so pissed at Jeremy, that's a very good question that maybe he can answer one day.

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