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The Biggest Loser: Roy Pickler Reflects on Adrian and Emotions

7 years ago by Diana Daley

Dolvett Quince and Roy Pickler on The Biggest Loser

This week on The Biggest Loser, 63-year old Roy Pickler saw his time at the ranch come to an end only one week after the controversial exit of team mate Adrian Dortch.

Although Roy Pickler looked a lot like jolly old Santa Claus at 306 pounds when he entered The Biggest Loser with wife Chris of the Black Team, Roy left the ranch a changed man after losing over 50 pounds. Despite battling hard to lose weight each week, Roy also found himself on a Red Team divided when former team mate Adrian Dortch and his sister Daphne were allowed back on The Biggest Loser only two weeks prior.

Interestingly, when this week’s Biggest Loser episode began, Roy was the first to stand beside Daphne when the ranchers got back into The Biggest Loser house after voting Adrian out of competition. It was a Biggest Loser moment that showed  Roy obviously cared about how Daphne would react in the moment knowing that the Red Team was responsible for sending her brother home.

As it turned out, it wasn’t Roy who Daphne had a problem with on the Red Team since Conda seemingly had it our for Adrian from the time he returned to the ranch.

So, how did Roy feel about the Biggest Loser drama that took place this season with Adrian? When The Deadbolt spoke with Roy the day after being voted out, Pickler was a sound voice of reason.

“That was a difficult situation,” Roy told The Deadbolt.

“Adrian got caught in a lot of controversy and not all of his doing. I often talk to Adrian about that it wasn’t a question of what he was saying, he was being honest with people, it was sometimes a question of timing. And he wasn’t the only one guilty of that. So I felt for him and I’m still in touch with him and consider him a friend.”

After getting back to Biggest Loser business in the gym this past week, Roy looked a bit out of sorts with his team. At one point this week, Roy took some time for himself away from the gym and his team mates. As a result, it appeared to some (namely Mark) that Roy wasn’t giving it his all.

As we found out, however, life on The Biggest Loser was a mental challenge for both Roy and his wife Chris, who had a tough time being away from home.

Given the physical demands of the show and losing weight, how did Roy and Chris handle the mental hurdles to stay focused?

“Funny you should ask that,” Roy added to The Deadbolt.

“Two weeks prior to getting voted off, Chris and I both had what we term meltdowns, emotional meltdowns. We went off and worked our interpersonal time together and were doing work outs off camera when the groups weren’t together. Often before the work outs started in the day, we were already pretty exhausted by the time we got through our work outs. I think that led to the group suspecting we weren’t giving it our all when in reality we were just tired.”

Although some of his ranch mates thought Roy was under-performing, Roy actually lost 9 pounds this past week to remain a strong competitor.

So, how did The Biggest Loser impact Roy’s relationship with wife Chris and their life as a couple?

In the end, the show had a positive effect on both Roy and Chris, who’s still in competition.

“We had a chance to work through our personal issues and it just strengthened our marriage.”

What do you think?

Diana Daley joined The Deadbolt in 2010 as a feature contributor and interviewer. She currently covers The Biggest Loser on NBC and conducts the weekly exit interviews leading up to the finale.
  • Josh18

    It’s too bad about this season, that the whole Adrian thing has overshadowed everything. I was hoping for Dolvett to take Conda aside last night and tell her what she did was wrong and that he was disppointed. Rather than have her work out with a girl’s basketball team, Dolvett should have made her work out with Adrian. For me, that would have been the only thing that could have have made up for that mess. Daphne for the win big time!!

  • Hugo

    send conda home , she is bad blood for the team, she will cut your throt

  • Lizliz23

    Do they not see that conda is the biggest trouble maker on the show!! She should have been kicked off long time ago! She does not deserve to be there. She takes all the eyes off her when she causes trouble for others!

  • Gentibiraci

    Dolvett should have handled the Conda, Adrian situation better. As far as red team goes they focus on personal issues as supposed to what’s good for the team and what will make them a team that can compete and keeping people with barely any more weight to lose its not a good strategy. 2 weeks in a row they’ve send home some of their strongest members because “they weren’t working hard enough” which we all saw it was used as a scape goat to make it sound legit yet they lost 9 pounds each. After reading that roy worked extra with his wife and losing 9 pounds under what basis do you accuse him of not working too hard? Its just pathetic and they are digging their own grave they just dont know it yet and kept Conda there who is so poisoness to the whole environment. The men on the red team better smarten up because those ladies will stick together and eliminate the men one at a time. I don’t see

  • Kholmes

    i hope conda goes home.  she is a witch.  i think she is very rude and appears to be a spoiled brat.. She was so disrepectful to Dolvett.  i also hate how disrespectful she and the red team  were to Adrian.  Kim(the wrestler) telling him to keep his mouth shut by using a hand gesture.  How would she have like it if she came back hoping to be part of a team and being treated like that.  He lost more than most on either team, and he did it on his own.  The only one I would hope to win now is Buddy from the red team since Roy is gone.  Roy was so nice and seemed sincere about the teammates he felt that needed to remain.  At this point, I hope Roy or Adrian win the home challenge.  The black team definitley is a much nicer group of people.

  • Ratj92359

    Was it Conda or Kim?  Kim was the one who started the issue with Adrian as if the rules of this season’s show weren”t explained to all.  Kim was the one who initially started complaining about Adrian and his sister coming back to the ranch and Conda just fell in line with her.  I wathced the brief preview for next week and I’m hoping that the Black team isn’t going to sabotage their weight lost in order to get to the elimination table to eliminate Adrian’s sister – how ugly is that?  Did the producers of the show not anticipate such antics when they split the couples up – was the drama necessary?  Isn’t it enough to see how successful the contestant are with losing weight and the motivation they provide to viewers?  Geez!

  • mc

    Is Conda short for anaconda, for she sure is one snake!!  The red team are vindictive, petty and have formed a clique.  Roy didn’t play their game last week with voting for Adrian, so he had to go.  A nasty bunch!!

  • Alicekndl12

    worst season of show history,selfish,petty people!

  • Christinemacdonald

    Is there anyone out there who thinks like me that this red team is one nasty group of people. They were so unsupportive of Adrian, and now Roy. In the elimination room the first words spoken about Roy were if your’re not going to work you don’t deserve to be here. Clearly the loss of 9lbs last week was proof enough that he did the work and definitely deserved to be there. There is no team spirit in that team at all. Roll on the next season when the show can start inspiring me again, because is sure doesn’t rigt now.

  • Dianne

    Conda is a hippo-crite. It is obvious that she, Kim and the “youth minister” have formed an alliance.  A dumb one at that.  They voted off some of the best athletes on the team, so good luck on the challenges, and they voted off the voices of reason, so good luck on motiva tion.  I hate to see Bob win all the weigh-ins, but the reds have sealed their “dumb butt” fates.

  • Candacedeperez

    there is no way that conda will keep off the weight at the end of this show. Ppl who are mean and nasty are not healthy ppl. She needs to fix that first. How is someone like that raising a child? I do think Dolvett should have said more to put her and the whole team in their places. So much for the youth pastor. Which of you want him as a role model for your kid? This season is painful to watch as the red team shames their families at home. Dont let the black team fool you. Their relatives are on the red team.