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The Biggest Loser’s Mark Cornelison Explains His Decision To Walk Off The Show

April 18, 2012 08:00 AM by Lisa Princ

Last night on NBC‘s The Biggest Loser, we watched the drama unfold as Mark Cornelison and Buddy Shuh walked away from the show. Today, Mark Cornelison wants to clear the air about his reason for leaving, but what it could possibly be aside from protesting something that was in his signed contract? Read on to find out what Mark had to say after the show!

The Biggest Loser‘s Mark Cornelison, believe it or not, claims that he was not protesting. In fact, after the show, he posted a lengthy note on his Facebook page in an attempt to explain his position to fans. Here is an excerpt from that note, where Mark tries to set the record straight: “We weren’t kicked out…no one called us a cab…we weren’t ‘demanding’ we get our way; it was literally a peaceful decision to agree to disagree. It was just time for me to go.”

Mark Cornelison also claims that going on The Biggest Loser was never about the prize money, adding of his decision: “With two weeks left in this experience I had one more important issue to address and that was one of character and integrity. The right thing to do was to look at what God has accomplished in me through this and to be willing to stand up and surrender the value of material goods and potentially the opinions of others. This was not a protest, it is just my way of saying people/relationships matter more than money/popularity/fame.”

Okay Mark, thanks for clearing that up, but we are still certain that you were protesting something that you did not believe in, despite signing a contract. In any event, we can only hope that this entire season serves as a lesson for future contestants and that the show can get back to what it once was – inspiring! Keep it here as we are hoping to get some details from Buddy Shuh about his decision to leave, and we will have an elimination interview with Jeremy Britt!

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16 Responses to “The Biggest Loser’s Mark Cornelison Explains His Decision To Walk Off The Show”

  1. Dennis Says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Buddy and Mark:
    Totally stupid idea on your part. Didn’t you two guys read the contract? In four months all the exposure to the media, the prizes, the travel. Even if you don’t win the $250k, the experience was worth it. Your families will always be there for you. It’s no great length of time. I can’t believe grown men like you two are homesick. The possibilities that exist after this season as a former contestant also exist. You won’t be the “Biggest Loser,” but you are losers.

  2. Bonnie Says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Don’t believe him for one minute. If he wanted Togo home he could have done it at any time, not conveniently when the producers pulled out a twist the contestants didn’t like.

    As for character and integrity, he has none.

  3. Kathleen Savino Says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I felt it was very selfish of them to walk off the show. If Mark felt so strongly about leaving, couldn’t he have waited for the weigh in. Poor Jeremy was sent home because he only lost 10 lbs. I’m positive Mark would have been the one under the red line. Also Conda needs to learn how to keep her mouth shut. To say that Kim didn’t deserve to be there, she’s worked her butt off and I know she will be the biggest loser……

  4. cas Says:
    April 19th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Integrity and character??? Mark and Buddy, you lost all that when you walked out the door. As christians you are held to higher standard. Jesus didn’t complain about being mistreated. You had better wake up and own what you did.

  5. barbara Says:
    April 19th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    i can’t believe that mark & buddy left and the rest of the contestants were protesting too! they signed a contract, eliminated players came back last year for a chance in the finally. they weren’t mistreated, they were just acting like a bunch of babies. i think they should have all been eliminated and had 5 players return. i hope mark & buddy won’t be allowed on the final show

  6. Alex Says:
    April 19th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Its disappointing that after all the show has done for you guys you decide to walk away because you are upset they are doing what they do every year. They have given you an actual future and the experience of a lifetime. As someone who watches the show to become inspired that was one of the most disappointing things I have ever seen. If I wanted to watch that kind of sportsmanship I would have watched survivor.

  7. binky Says:
    April 19th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Two grown men that benefited from facilities and training, were arrogant enough to think that they had the right to commandeer production of the show. It was sheer arrogance that allowed them to push forward, even after it came to their knowledge that the wrinkle had been stipulated to in the contract they signed. They have to feel like idiots, being the senior members, and being duped by Jeremy, Conda, and Kim.

  8. Nina Rogers Says:
    April 19th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I read somewhere that Mark is a youth pastor. He has none of the character that I’ve ever seen in a youth pastor or anyone in the ministry for that matter. To “take your toys and run home” when you don’t like a twist in the game is just plain selfish and childish. Just what kind of a message does that send to the kids you minister to? I know your excuse is about “integitry and fairness…blah, blah, blah….just more excuses from someone who is a bad loser. Shame on you.

    PS….did you even read the contract before yo signed it? If you had you would have known about the twist. I hope NBC exercises their legal rights for breaking your contract.

  9. cindy sand Says:
    April 20th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I think they both showed a lack of character. They can say it wasn’t a protest but I find that hard to believe. They are quitters in my opinion. Very self-centered. Maybe Jeremy would still be in it if they hadn’t quit. They could have just gone home at the weigh in.

  10. EB Says:
    April 20th, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I wonder is Chism will be one of the people participating in the twist for an elimintated contestant to come back. That would be interesting if his own son comes back to participate in the very twist that caused Mark to leave in protest. At the end of the day, I was glad they left because now they may learn a lesson in sportsmanship. They get to watch Kim win a car and $250,000. More importantly, they get to watch Kim finish what she set out to do….lose weight and inspire others around the country!

  11. dirty ernie Says:
    April 22nd, 2012 at 7:02 am

    I actually think what they did was the right thing for them. People forget that they had already brought back a couple and gave them a chance to be in the game. At what point do you say: I’ve worked my butt off, missed out on family time, did everything that was asked, competed like crazy, and you want to -contract language or not, bring back people who had the luxury of being home and not under the thumb of the trainers, to come back and win it all?
    This show is all about weight loss to the very end and then its about the money. Now that the money is finally in play they want to change it up. I think it stinks.

  12. Jim Says:
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Mark and Buddy might have lost weight … but their self esteem and self assurance is still in desperate need of improvement. Both of them convinced themselves (and, apparently, each other) that they were standing “up” for something when all they did was let themselves down. While they will never publicly admit it, hopefully they will stop lying to themselves and acknowledge that character cannot be seen in the mirror and while they may look thinner and healthier, they are still suffering from the affects that their obesity has had on their sense of self. I wish them well and hope that they can continue to grow in more important ways.

  13. TexanMom Says:
    May 1st, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Typical of Mark to take the easy way out. He hides behind his holier than thou beliefs. Way to go to continue his foolish ways.

  14. wealthylady Says:
    May 1st, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Mark & Buddy received their just deserts. After the way they treated Daphne & Adrian.

  15. Laura Says:
    May 3rd, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Wow!!! Talk about ungrateful…. Mark and Buddy are terrible role models and for two grown men to act like that is deplorable. I think you’re real losers to take the training, food, trip to Hawaii, meeting of the first lady and then quit the program… Because they were unfair to you? By far, the worst season of this show. I hate seeing bad people on tv.

  16. Miguel Handorez Says:
    May 17th, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Mark is an embarrassment to mankind, and all this Pastor crap – get real you immature idiot


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