Rulon's Last Stand
Rulon's Last Stand
Eleanor Bryan
Eleanor Bryan
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
So let's talk about Rulon. Specifically, Rulon leaving the show. Was anyone else totally floored?

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I think Bob put it best when he said, "This makes everything totally different because Rulon was set up to win this show." And he's right. But then I thought about it. Bob was right. Rulon was set up to win the show. Rulon was an Olympic gold medalist. Rulon, while still overweight, was at one point a trained athlete. Was it fair to cast him in a show with mere civilians? Should former athletic talent be considered?

The point of the show is to give overweight people a chance to get their lives back. But it's not just any overweight Americans that get this chance. The contestants are hand-selected. So why, then, did they select Rulon? For star power, surely. Rulon was poised to be the comeback kid of the year. Or of the season, anyway. 

But if you think about it, there's more to the show than losing weight. There's also the huge cash prize at the end. Let's not be naive and idealistic. And it's not exactly fair that Rulon was basically picked out to win said huge cash prize. Should ex-Olympic athletes be allowed to be considered for the show? Should there be some kind of screening system?

That being said, are we sad that Rulon left? I don't really think I am. It was fun to watch the drama, but with the sure thing gone, it's now much less obvious who's going to win and the suspense is a little more enjoyable. To give him some props, too, I think he left with more dignity and less messing around than anyone else on the show this season. We can only guess why he actually went, but I don't think the show will really suffer without him. Who's going to win challenges now? Who's going to tell people their weight loss is completely unacceptable? Who's going to make themselves the irritatingly self-appointed leader when nobody asked them to do it?

I don't know, but I'm not worried about it.

What do you guys think? Are we sad that Rulon left? 

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