In one of the most memorable “Biggest Loser” tear jerkers, Arthur Wornum, the heaviest—and arguably, the funniest—contestant ever to step foot on the ranch, ran with all his might on a 5K treadmill challenge on Tuesday night’s episode, only to fall short and thus, get eliminated.
Despite emotional pleas by trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels to keep Arthur on the show, the Red Team tenaciously stuck to their original alliance and booted the once 650-lb. Funny Guy off the show.
The 32-year-old from Portland, Oregon—who’s now at 340 lbs.—talked to reporters yesterday about how he feels about the Red Team’s decision, what life is like for him off the ranch, and if there’s budding romance between a couple contestants on the show.
On whether he was bitter towards the Red Team for eliminating him:
Animosity, none whatsoever. I mean when you’re put in an us-versus-them mentality, it’s just the way the ball bounces. I understand why they did it. And to be honest if I was in their situation, it was probably the smart thing to do if you’re looking at game play. And unfortunately, it’s always going to be a game.
On whether he regrets breaking up the original teams:
Do I regret it? What I regret is not bringing my concerns to my team about Jay and Jen. That’s what I regret. I should have voiced my concerns to my team. But when you’re in a situation where you don’t have any time to strategize or think about anything and you’re working on emotion like I was, you do things in fear. And that was the path that I was supposed to go down.
Watch Arthur at Week 9:
On what his life is like now that he’s off the ranch:
Since I’ve been home, I knew I could do this on my own. You know, I’ve done it on my own. But when you’re away and you’re at the ranch, you’re isolated; all you’re doing is focusing on this so your weight loss—it took me a year and a half to lose 140-something pounds [at home], where it’s taken me since October [at the ranch] to do that. One thing that I’m very fortunate for is I have a tremendous support system, absolute tremendous support system. So the focus not only for me but the people that love me and care for me…was for me to maintain that ranch mentality. So I’m not working. My main focus is to work out. I spend six to eight hours a day through travel, that’s with walking and exercise. My daily job is to get this weight off me.
On what he’d do with the at-home prize money if he won it:
Oh, let me be honest with you here; I have already won. I have already won. I am 100 pounds away from my goal weight. I remember sitting back being 400 pounds away. I remember thinking I have to lose 400 pounds. So I have already won. Knowing that I’ve lost over 300 pounds in a little over two years I’ve already won. If for some reason come finale I’m blessed to have that cherry on top of that sundae which means I get that $100,000 after taxes what am I looking at about, what, $56,000—I’ll probably pay off all the credit debt I have, put a little away, and that’s about it. I mean, there ain’t going to be much left so, you know? [laughing] It has never ever once been about the money for me, though. In fact I will tell you there has been plenty of times where I would tell them keep your money, I just want my life back.
On whom he thinks will win “Loser”:
If I had to put money on it, Olivia Ward will win this season of “Biggest Loser.” She has everything it takes to win. She has that work ethic. I can’t tell you how strong mentally that girl is. So I would put my money on Olivia, my heart says Courtney, and my dark horse is my girl from Portland, Irene.
On whether there was romance on the ranch:
I will be the official one to tell you that my time on the ranch there was absolutely zero romances. Courtney and Austin—you’ve got to understand Courtney is a smiley—[but] there was never any budding romance between them two. I will say word is that there is a romance going on now involving Austin, but I will say it’s not with Courtney. And I’ll just leave it at that.
The “Biggest Loser: Couples” airs Tuesdays on NBC at 8/7c.