November 17, 2010 02:00 PM by Lisa Princ
We’re used to seeing our share of drama and game play on the hit series The Biggest Loser on NBC, but this time the drama is behind the scenes as the show’s production crew is on strike! Keep reading for more details!
NBC’s The Biggest Loser production crew has officially gone on strike because producers are using non-union crew to shoot the reality show. Apparently, The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees launched the strike against “The Biggest Loser” a week ago as more than 50 crew members had voted to strike over producers’ refusal to sign an IATSE deal. NBC and production entities Reveille Prods., 25/7 Prods. and 3 Ball Prods. have not commented on the strike. As of yesterday morning, protests continued to take place outside the set near the L.A. suburb of Calabasas, with about 50 picketers in the morning.
While there is no word on how long this will continue or whether or not it will affect the season eleven contestants, as they are currently filming the show’s eleventh season, host Ali Sweeney along with trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels are all getting involved. Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper launched eBay auctions Tuesday for one hour training sessions to raise funds for crew relief. The Michaels session had drawn 21 bids with a top offer of $6,500 as of mid-afternoon. Allison Sweeney also was auctioning a lunch date on eBay with a starting bid of $1,000 with proceeds donated to crew relief.
We’ll keep you up to date as we get more details on this story. Remember to tune in at 8 pm EST Tuesday for an all new episode of The Biggest Loser on NBC!
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