March 02, 2009 05:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
Last week, The Biggest Loser showed contestant Dane Pattersonrunning a marathon and crossing the finish line in 3 hours and 53 minutes, just eight weeks after being eliminated from the show. Unfortunately, Dane Pattersondidn’t finish the race as NBC led us to believe. As previously reported by Reality TV Magazine, He was picked up by the production crew and driven the last leg of the race.
One of the show’s producers, Reveille issued a statement about the incident saying, “As the Executive Producers of The Biggest Loser we would like to make an official apology and set the record straight with regards to the claim in last nights episode that Dane completed a marathon in Arizona.”
He continued, “After seeing on various online blogs that this information may be inaccurate we investigated the claim and found that Dane had not indeed completed the marathon unaided. From our internal investigation we learned that Dane ran the first 17 miles before receiving a ride from the field producer for 3 miles before rejoining the race at the 20 mile mark whereupon he completed the race.”
“We are incredibly proud of Dane for running 23 miles and losing over 130 lbs on his weight loss journey so far and wish him luck as he continues his new healthy lifestyle. We have also taken the necessary action to ensure that there is no future misrepresentations and sincerely apologize for misleading our loyal viewers and it was certainly not our intent but an unwitting mistake.”
In closing he said, “We hope they will continue to be inspired and motivated by all of our contestants and follow them as they continue to change their lives.”
NBC also released a statement saying, “In the final segment of last night’s episode of The Biggest Loser, which updated viewers on the status of an eliminated contestant, the former contestant was shown running a marathon in his home state of Arizona. NBC today learned that the contestant did not, in fact, run the entire marathon as depicted in the segment. Because the segment as aired was contrary to NBC policy, we are working with the program producers to determine how this occurred, and to ensure that corrective action is taken.”
A source close to Dane Pattersonsaid, “Dane was so upset that he accepted the ride and didn’t run the full distance that he went back later in the day ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬” with his cousin Blaine, who was also with him on the show ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬” and ran the missing miles so that he could say he did indeed run 26.2 miles.”
There is still a piece missing in this whole incident…how did NBC producers not realize thatDane Patterson was picked up and drove the final distance, they filmedit didn’t they? It will be interesting to see what The Biggest Loser producers dig up during their investigation, and if any corrective action will indeedbe taken!
Photo Credit: NBC
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