February 22, 2012 05:56 PM by Lisa Princ
Last night on NBC‘s The Biggest Loser, Daphne Dortch made a game play decision that affected her team more than she imagined it would. After denying that she gave in to the temptation challenge, Daphne’s black team decided to throw the challenge, in a successful attempt to send her home. Daphne Dortch is doing well at home now, and today, she chatted about the drama. More after the jump…
After all the drama that has gone down on The Biggest Loser recently, it is a miracle that Daphne Dortch walked away with her sanity in tact, but she did. In fact, Daphne was relieved to be back at home, where she can focus more on her weight loss and health, and less on the dramatics of the ranch. In her post elimination press conference today, Daphne shared her experience with us. Check out the interview below!
Question: Can you give us your take on the drama that has been going on at the ranch?
Daphne Dortch: It sure was nasty, and there are two sides to every story. There was so much that went on in the 24 hour days, too much for you to see in two hours – you can’t see everything that goes on. When my brother and I came to the ranch, we never had a chance. We knew that it would be difficult to bond with those already there as they formed their bonds weeks before we came to the house. My brother and I are both very strong people, and it didn’t take us long to get up to speed, so I think they also saw us as a threat.
Question: How were your expectations of the show versus your actual experience there?
Daphne Dortch: Never in a million years did I envision that my experience would be what it was. I had no clue about the game that everyone was playing. When I signed up, I didn’t care about the money or the game, I just wanted to save my life, so I could be there for my kids. Before the show, I was living with my parents…living in fear everyday. I was living with the fear that I was going to die. I was so afraid, that I wouldn’t go to sleep if no one was in the house with me. Losing this weight, I have already won The Biggest Loser. I can sleep easier now, and this is the best prize in the world for me.
Question: What is different about being home now?
Daphne Dortch: One thing about being on the ranch, and everyone knows this – there are no distractions. I am back home now, and I have mommy duties, I tend to three kids. I make it work though, as I exercise when they are in school, and when they come home, it’s their time. The first time I was sent home, my parents took care of the kids, so now I am in my own house and it’s been different.
Question: What was your thinking behind the move you made last night?
Daphne Dortch: I did not want anyone to have control of me going to the red team. I knew I had to eat to ensure I stayed with Bob. It was very personal to me. The black team…they may have appeared to accept me, but they were very quiet about it, and I don’t think they ever did. Conda…we had issues in the house, and as for Jeremy, you need to ask him about his issues. My reason was to defend my brother and for revenge. I switched them for revenge, it was personal, and I was not thinking clearly. I did it because I knew Jeremy and Conda would be upset, but had no clue that the whole house would be devastated by the switch.
Question: Can you elaborate on your issues with Jeremy and Conda?
Daphne Dortch: Everyone knows I had a beef with Conda, in fact, everyone in the house has a beef with Conda. Jeremy, unfortunately….one day you can ask Jeremy that question personally.
Question: Can you say anything good about Conda or Jeremy?
Daphne Dortch: Um, okay. Conda is a great cook, and Jeremy can be a funny guy. That’s the extent of that.
Question: Were you relieved to be sent home?
Daphne Dortch: Part of me was extremely relieved to be sent home. It doesn’t feel good to be in a house of people, where no one likes you and no one talks to you. It was very hard for me. I knew the longer I stayed, the faster and closer I would get to my goal, but I also knew every week on ranch was pressure. Being there, you know that you are going hit your goal and lose, but the stress was not helpful. I was really in awe watching last night how they threw the weigh in, and how they wasted one whole week on the ranch. I mean, millions of Americans would die to be there, to be on the ranch, and they wasted an entire week there.
Question: So, is it safe to assume all the drama we saw was accurate?
Daphne Dortch: Yes, everything you saw was very accurate.
Question: Were you sad at all about the drama?
Daphne Dortch: Yes, I was. You know, being overweight, you are never accepted, so I thought it would be great going somewhere where I would be accepted. When you go there and you aren’t even accepted among people like you. I wish we all could have gotten along.
Question: What was the most important thing you learned from The Biggest Loser?
Daphne Dortch: That you don’t need to go through The Biggest Loser to lose weight. When I was sent home, I thought I couldn’t lose weight. I went home and was determined, and with the help of my family, I was able to do it. It was in me all along, I just had to do it.
Question: Do you know anything about the recent revelation that the remaining contestants have stopped the production of the show?
Daphne Dortch: Oh wow. No, I have not even heard of that yet.
Best of luck to Daphne Dortch! We look forward to seeing you at the finale!
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