February 15, 2012 01:13 PM by Lisa Princ
Last night on NBC‘s The Biggest Loser, we watched as the resident Santa, Roy Pickler, was eliminated. Most of us knew it was coming after Adrian Dortch was eliminated last week, and the red team had few left to pick on. In his post elimination interview, Roy shared his thoughts on the drama, and his experience on the show. Read on for more…
The Biggest Loser fans watched last night as Roy Pickler was sent home, despite losing nine pounds this week. We all knew it was coming though, as Roy befriended Adrian when no one else wanted to. Despite everything that went down on the red team, Roy had nothing but wonderful things to say about the show and his team. Check out his interview below!
Question: Can you share your thoughts on Adrian and the drama on the red team?
Roy Pickler: It was a difficult situation. Adrian got caught in lot of controversy, but not all of it was his doing. I often talked to Adrian, and it wasn’t a question of what he was saying, it was his timing, but he was not the only one guilty. I am still in touch with him, and I consider him a friend.
Question: How has The Biggest Loser experience changed your relationship with Chris?
Roy Pickler: It is funny that you should ask that, because two weeks prior to getting voted off, Chris and I both had emotional meltdowns. We went off and worked on our personal issues, and to be honest, it strengthened our marriage.
Question: You mentioned on Facebook this morning that you should have communicated better with your team – can you elaborate?
Roy Pickler: The group was compassionate, and had they known the wife and I were working out and working on our issues, I probably would not have been voted off. It was a time when I had other distractions. In hindsight, it was probably better that I left, although I would have loved to stay longer because I love challenges.
As for the issues my wife and I were dealing with it was my wife, she hadn’t seen kids in 9 weeks, she wanted to go home with Bob that week and have his full attention. She asked for that, and that bothered her. She was having a difficult time dealing with that, and I was trying to help her. That was my distraction, although I did not do a very good job at it. We did this while working out together, so that is why I was exhausted at the group workouts.
Question: Can you tell us what working with Dolvett Quince was like. Also, do you think that the red team has a shot at winning?
Roy Pickler: I love Dolvett, he is a great person, and a great trainer. There is no doubt about it someone from the red team could win. I wouldn’t put any of my remaining team members out of the running. I don’t know who is going to win it, but I would bet on one of the red team members winning the whole thing.
Question: You lost 9 pounds last night, would it not have made more sense to send someone like Kimmy home instead?
Roy Pickler: You know, I don’t know what goes through people’s minds sometimes. As for Kimmy, possibly. I have an engineer’s mind, so for me, that is the obvious approach. I don’t have the same line of thinking as my team members. There were very few occasions where I had the same mindset as my team in terms of voting.
Question: Can you tell us how the Santa persona came about?
Roy Pickler: Years ago, we were leading devotionals, and I was asked to lead one, so I was at home preparing. My wife brought up the fact that there was a Christmas party that they had in previous years, and she was asking me for ideas. I thought “well, maybe I could bring it up and get some support during the devotional.” I did, and while I didn’t have a beard at the time, people asked me if I could be the Santa. I did it and loved it so much, I started to play the role, and began to grow my beard out. Oddly enough, I learned that I had a curly white beard, just perfect for the part. Playing Santa however, was also my excuse – I could always eat because I was building the Santa persona. Now that The Biggest Loser got a hold of me, I will be portrayed as the healthy Santa.
Question: What is your goal weight for the finale, and how much have you lost so far?
Roy Pickler: You know, this is a difficult question. I have lost most of my body fat, so I don’t know what I can get down to. What I have decided is that I am going to get as lean and buff as I can by the finale. My trainer says if I don’t win the prize, I will definitely be the most buff Biggest Loser. I don’t have a number, I just want to be lean and buff. So far, I have lost 92 pounds, and I am hoping to hit 100 pounds in the next week or so.
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