Is the Biggest Loser show also the biggest liar show?
Posted Mar 03 2009 2:06pm
The trouble all began this week at the end of NBC' s Biggest Loser episode when a brief segment portrayed Gregory Dane Patterson,
one of two cousins featured on the show this season, finishing an
Arizona marathon (Arizona Desert Classic)with his wife in a time of
The finish line clock said 5:53.
A simple mistake perhaps but to anybody who has run a marathon the
difference between a 3:53 marathon time versus a 5:53 marathon is huge.
It is the difference between somebody who can qualify for the Boston
Marathon versus a recreational runner who may just be happy to complete
As the controversy erupted in the blogoshere further unsettling facts came to light.
and those cameras behind me? Those are for Dane Patterson, a contestant
on The Biggest Loser. He was there with his wife, running the marathon,
though J started calling him The Biggest Liar. He and his wife were
several miles behind me throughout the entire race, but around mile 17
they got picked up by a van and driven to the end of the course, where
they filmed the grand ' crossing the finish line' finale with all the
As it turns out Dane Patterson ran only about 23 miles of the Marathon.
The producers of the show did indeed give him a 3 mile van ride so that he could make the marathon' s six hour cut off time.
Patterson in a video segment for the show said, ""It was one of the
most amazing experiences of my life to run side by side with my wife
for an entire marathon."
NBC has removed that video but you can watch it HERE.
NBC and the producers of the show have both issued an apology (see below).
So does it matter that Patterson did not run the entire marathon to you, and that the producers lied about his accomplishment?
Apology by Reveille (the producers of the show):
"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 night' s episode that Dane completed a marathon in
"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.
"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."