Last night may have been the most emotional episode in Biggest Loser
history. After the blue team put up disappointing numbers at the weigh in, someone had to go home. Two weeks earlier, Mark
had mentioned that he would sacrifice himself but when faced with the reality of the situation, he wavered. Ultimately, he bowed out, especially after losing only 1 pound in the weigh in. He felt he had hit the wall and his body was giving out on him. For the good of the team, and for his brother's sake, he headed home to his family. Today, Mark spoke to BuddyTV about his emotional elimination.
Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview.
Hey everybody, this is Gina from BuddyTV, and today I'm talking to Mark from NBC's The Biggest Loser.
Hi, good morning Gina.
Well, what an emotional episode last night. Did you watch it back when it was on?
No, I had a prior commitment last night, Gina, and was unable to view it as it aired. I've heard some pretty good things about it, so I'm looking forward to seeing myself cry like a baby on TV.
Well the whole blue team was crying, and I really couldn't believe how emotional everybody got. I think it really showed the relationship you had formed with Roger and with Dan.
Definitely. We were and are a tight knit group. We will be friends forever. We had a lot of routines and rituals that we did together. We would eat in the morning together, we would work out all day together, we would eat dinner together, then at the end of the day after we're done working out, we'd all sit in the trainers' room in ice and just have kind of a bull session as a team before we went to bed. We spent relatively the entire day together, and you can't help but getting close to people when you're in the situation that we were in.
Sacrificing yourself in a reality competition is such a huge thing to do. Was it a very hard decision for you to make?
I think so. There was a transition and a decision process. Originally, it wasn't something that I was gonna do. I was gonna end up staying and sending Roger home. Then I was thinking about the process, talking to Jay about it, thinking about what I'd lost weight wise, and how my body was feeling, because I had basically run myself into the ground at that point. I was having a lot of physical issues. I wasn't sure what was going on with my weight loss. I wasn't sure I was gonna be able to lose weight or if I was going to stop losing weight. It became, in my mind, all about the team. How can we keep the team the strongest? How can I protect Jay and help him stay here longer? It just made the most sense from the weight that everybody else was losing -- Jay lost great weight, Dan lost great weight, Roger lost great weight -- that I'd be the member of the team [to go]. I won't say I was the weakest member on the team, because I wasn't at all the weakest from a physical standpoint, but the weakest from the weight loss because I was the smallest. It made the most sense that I should bow out.
Did you get a chance to talk to Bob before you left?
No. We leave the trainers in the weigh in room, and that's it. We don't get a chance to talk to them at all.
So have you two had any communication since you left the show?
I've talked to Bob several times, yes. He still is my trainer all the way through the end of the finale.
How did he feel about your decision to leave the game?
Bob's initial comment to me was basically that I was one of the most noble men he had ever met in his life. That to me was the ultimate compliment.
Early on in this season, you and Jay got off to a bad start with some of the contestants, particularly Jackie. What ended up happening there? What do you think was the reason?
As Jackie said, she saw us as her biggest competitor. Also, Jackie stabbed us in the back. A lot of stuff that went down on that episode where Jackie was eliminated was not portrayed in the exact fashion that it happened. Obviously, it's a TV show and you have to make it as dramatic as possible, but her statements were way out of context from the conversation that we had with her. In week four, with the all versus one, Jackie admitted she voted along with Dan to try to get rid of Jay and I. She viewed us as her biggest competitors and tried to get rid of us. She tried to be our friend to our face and our enemy to our back. She doesn't have a lot of credibility in my book.
I was really surprised that the black team tried to sabotage you guys when you were in Vegas. Is that something that the blue team would have done if the tables were turned?
I'd like to say no, but yeah, we probably would have. It's a fierce competition. Again, you can't really take too much of that out of context. The black team knew that we weren't going to indulge in any of that food, and it was done more in a joking manner than I think anything else. At the end of the day they probably hoped that we would have indulged in it, but they knew that we were strong enough not to partake in any of it. I think it was more done in jest than anything else.
Has the show brought your relationship with Jay a lot closer?
Fortunately for me, in my family dynamic at home, I come from a very tight knit family. We've been close our entire lives and we do a lot of family things together, but the experience has definitely given me that little bit more with Jay than the rest of my family. At the end of the day, nobody will understand what we went through. Everybody's been watching on TV and probably gets some idea of it, but it doesn't really translate well, what we actually go through to what you actually see. Jay is going to be the only other one in my life who fully understands what I went through and what we went through together.
Do you have a weight loss goal for the live finale?
My overall goal is to lose a hundred pounds and get down to 185, that's a good living weight. My goal for the finale obviously is to try, in weigh in, the at home thing, so I would have to basically take myself down to about 145 pounds for that to happen.
Well, we can't wait to see. I really loved you and I loved Jay on the show, so I'll be watching the live finale. Thank you.
Thank you very much Gina, I appreciate it. It sounds like you might be one of the only people out there who liked us.
I really, truly mean it. I loved you guys, and last night really solidified for me how much I like you both as people. I just wanted to let you know I loved last night's episode.
I look forward to watching it. Thank you very much for your comments Gina, I appreciate the support.
- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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