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The Biggest Loser Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

This is an interview with Jeremy Britt on April 18, 2012 about the show The Biggest Loser.

Jeremy Britt

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

Jeremy Britt:
When I first arrived I knew it was going to be hard actually. I had a moment on the treadmill we did our first workout with Conda where I actually said, "Hey let's just get out here, like we've only been on a couple minutes now, no one will ever remember this. Let's just get out of here." If I'd have known it was going to be that hard I probably wouldn't have signed up, but from where I'm at now I'm glad that I did.

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

Jeremy Britt:
The most difficult thing about being home is just the timing. On the ranch you have nothing else to do or worry about other than working out and eating right, it's your main focus. Now you have just the element of friends and family and work and responsibilities and you have to balance all that. So it's a very time management thing to stay focused on your priorities of working out and being healthy.

Question:
Please take us through some of the shocking events of the group wanting to quit that we saw last night. It must have been very stressful for you all, and not an easy decision. Tell us what you can about it.

Jeremy Britt:
Basically we gotten word that the contestants were going to be coming for a chance to compete and it just stirred up a lot of mixed feelings, we had thought that this was the final five. We had thought there was one week left, we were going to be the final four and we were all excited. And then we found this out and it was kind of just like dagger to our hearts.

We were all really bummed out about it and we thinking it just seemed wrong with the timing it. And that was basically it. And we had a choice to either stick it out or you know they always make it a point to say, "You know, nobody can force you to stay there." Everybody had a decision to be made that night and some people just disagreed with what was going on and I would say that everybody for the most part disagreed with what was going on. But how you choose to handle it was your decision.

Question:
You just let Mark and Buddy walk away?

Jeremy Britt:
That is Mark and Buddy's decision and for Mark and Buddy and for anybody who would have stayed or went that night, it wasn't like they're walking away from what they really came there for. They're both healthy and they're both continuing to do well so neither one of them walked away from that.

Question:
This season there did seem to be so much drama at the ranch. Can you share some of your personal journey and how tough was it to stay focused through all that drama?

Jeremy Britt:
Honestly there wasn't that much drama as is shown. I mean there was definitely moments of drama, but for the most part we all got along very well, so it was easy to kind of bond there. And we made great friendships there. That's what helped me get through in the fact that I was fortunate to have my sister with me on the entire journey. That kind of helped me and helped her at the same time. So I just stayed on me. With all the drama going on I remembered that I came there to - for myself and me and my sister came there together for each other and to be support each other. And we just stayed focused on what we were there for the whole time.

Question:
To keep going in that drama from that last night, in hindsight do you wish that you'd walked off instead of staying. I know you said it was everyone's decision, but do you wish you had?

Jeremy Britt:Question:
With all the contestant conversations after you learned of the twist, did anyone bring up the fact that eliminated contestants have returned before and do you think that should have been a factor?

Jeremy Britt:
Yes, yes, it was actually something. I mean nothing we did there was sporadic or without thought. We all had definitely had some deep thought about it and it was very time consuming thing. And we had definitely mentioned that other contestants had been brought back before. I believe Ali was one of the people who was brought back. But she had to stick around for 6 or 7 weeks before she made that finalist in one. And we had mentioned that somebody was brought back last season, but they were told about it in very first episode, "Hey there's going to be somebody who comes back and runs a marathon." You know, we were just all surprised by it, and weren't given knowledge of it, and that's where the frustration came from.

Question:
In a somewhat ironic twist you struggled with the idea of player coming back, and then after you were eliminated find out that you will be one of those players that gets a chance to come back. So does that affect your position on the original problem, did it give you a new perspective on it?

Jeremy Britt:
Absolutely not. It doesn't change my perspective at all. In my opinion if they wanted three finalists, then it would have been me, Conda and Kim. So the fact that I'm one of the people that gets to compete doesn't matter at that point to me just because of the fact that every single person who was sent home wants another chance to compete. They absolutely want another chance, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they need another chance that other people didn't get.

Question:
Do you think there was an abundance of unfair gameplay on the part of the producers this season?

Jeremy Britt:
I guess I would have to know what unfair was, you know. It was more so that we were just disappointed and felt like we were being treated wrongly, then it was a matter of unfairness. I mean in a sense there it would be Adrian and Daphne's third chance. Kim and Conda only got one chance at the whole game.

Question:
Can you take me back to when you all first got word that the twist of somebody being able to come back. Was it something that all of you at one time kind of started the idea of like, "This is not right, we should all leave." Or was it something more so that one person instigated?

Jeremy Britt:
No. We made it clear we got word and we all kind of sat down how it kind of happened. You know, we got word and honestly I was really torn about it and just didn't want to wait for them to let us all know on camera, "Hey, this is what's going happen." And I was just like, "This isn't right."

And we all kind of sat down and just had a meeting and just basically said, "Make sure that you know your decision is your decision, whatever you choose is what you choose." And we all came together and just kind of you know, thought about it and let everybody make their own decision. It was nothing like, "Hey, we all have to do this or nobody do this." It was everybody makes the decision that you feel is right for you, and that's how we went through with it.

Question:
Did you get a chance to say goodbye to Buddy and Mark?.

Jeremy Britt:
Yes, yes, we got a chance. There was some time in there where we got to say goodbye, and absolutely wish them the best. And hoped no regrets.

Question:
Did you feel like that there was any feeling that they felt that you all should have left?

Jeremy Britt:
Absolutely not. Both Buddy and Mark came to me as they were leaving and said, "I think that you are doing the right thing by staying. I think that's what's right for you, and I hope you the best and I hope you win." And they both told me that and that was it.

Question:
That clip with you and the lawyer really got around on the internet before the show aired, and then it obviously made the show, and all of you had meetings with the lawyer, but yours was sort of the like the focal point. What was it like for you to watch that? Did you watch it? And did you get uncomfortable watching it?

Jeremy Britt:
Yes, honestly I kind of felt like they made me out to kind of look dumb, a little. Did that conversation take place, yes. There was a lot more to that, but it's whatever. I mean what they choose they show, they do the show, so that was always there and that's fine. I don't have a problem with it whatsoever, it was in the contract and I made it a point to let them know I wasn't there to argue contracts or to argue. Of course NBC Legal is a lot better than Jeremy Britt Legal. I wasn't there to argue with lawyers, I was just there to basically say, "It's a matter of right and wrong and this is wrong."

Question:
Looking back over your overall Biggest Loser experience, what if anything would you do differently?

Jeremy Britt:
Good question. Lose 13, 14 pounds last week. I don't know other than that. I don't like to live with regrets or anything. Honestly I pride myself that whole entire game as not taking it as a game or treating it as a game. I worked hard each and every week. I think I was one of the most consistent people on the scale, that was just because I did the work each and every week that it took to get those numbers. And that's how I knew about what my numbers would be.

Question:
I wanted to ask you about the moment when you realized you had been eliminated and Conda really started to cry. How was that moment to you?

Jeremy Britt:
It was hard, it was really hard. Honestly, if you see us, Kim loses the 15 pounds every moment from there on after sucked. It really did. Because me and Conda had wanted to be there together and at that moment I either get up on the stage, I do great and my sister goes home, or I get up on the stage, I do bad and I go home. It was not anything that either one of us wanted.

And it was hard just to go through it, and honestly after Kim lost the 15 pounds I knew I was going home. I knew that 13 pounds for me in a week was too much for me to do after losing 11 pounds the week before. It was just about impossible for my body to do that and I really felt like it was going to be me.

Question:
Conda mentioned that she thought it was unfair that you were going, and she said that she should have gone before you or that Kim should have gone before you. Do you agree with that?

Jeremy Britt:
I don't agree with that necessarily. I'm not one to say, "I would never bring up anything like, it's not fair or somebody else should have one it," you know, it's a game. It didn't pan out for me that week. I lost 10 pounds, I did great. I didn't go home because I sat around doing nothing that week, I went home because I did beat them. I still did great, it's just the number that showed up wasn't enough that week and that's fine. I mean Conda did good and she got to be a finalist, and Kim did good and she got to be a finalist as well. There's no hard feelings.

Question:
We saw your journey as well when you showed you all the clips. How did it feel watching those?

Jeremy Britt:
It was very emotional at the same time rewarding watching that you got to see where you were in the beginning of this journey and honestly one of the most influential parts. When we started this journey they told us, "You know, talk to yourself, now you're at the finish line and you're skinny and you look great, talk to yourself now and make yourself keep going." And I never thought that the words that I was saying at that moment would mean so much to me when I watched them that day. And it was really like rewarding to get to see that.

Question:
Did you actually read the contract before you started the show?

Jeremy Britt:
Yes, I did read the contract. I'm not as dumb as they try to make me look. I did read the contract. Just a heads up the contract is given to you a month before you even know if you're going to be on the show. So I mean we read the contract, we signed it. A month goes by and then all the time on the ranch as well you don't think back to that Page 4 Paragraph 73 comment about that. Lengthy contracts.

Question:
You got eliminated that particular week, last night, but then everybody came back to do that one last challenge for the third spot. Were you part of that group?

Jeremy Britt:
I was eliminated and all the eliminated contestants are going to get to compete in that, so I will be part of that group.

Question:
How are you preparing for the finale?

Jeremy Britt:
I just am doing what I did on the ranch. What I did on the ranch proved to help me be successful week-to-week and just trying to do my best to keep that routine going and push myself while I'm here at home, and eat right. And I know how to do all those things so I'm just doing that to help me prepare myself and prepare to go back to normal life. When you're on the ranch that's all it is working out and eating right. You have to transfer over to actual life and incorporate working out and living a healthy lifestyle into that.

Question:
Are you working that now, trying to prepare to get back to regular life or are you still just working out crazy?

Jeremy Britt:
I'm still working out crazy, don't get me wrong. But I'm definitely trying to transfer over into just that normal balance of maintaining my weight and working towards the rest of my life and not just May 1.

Question:
What do you think is the most important lesson that you learned during your time on the ranch?

Jeremy Britt:
The most important lesson that I learned was that hard work pays off. It doesn't always show up on the scale when you need it to, it doesn't always come at that very moment when you're asking for it. But if you put in the hard work and you push yourself each and every day, in the end the end goal is successful and the results will show up.

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