In last night's episode of the NBC reality series, host Alison Sweeney made an announcement before the weigh-in that stunned the contestants: Jillian Michaels broke the rules to give her team an edge in the competition.
"Before you all step on the scale, there is something important that needs to be addressed," Sweeney said. "Last week, Jillian broke the rules and gave caffeine supplements to each member of her team without doctor's permission. Because of this rules violation, Jillian has been penalized and the white team will receive a four pound disadvantage on the scale tonight." (You can watch the announcement in the clip above).
Besides the four-pound punishment, last week's results are now invalid, and Bob Harper's Blue Team will once again have the immunity they earned. But most importantly, the Red Team gets a team member back: American Idol alum Ruben Studdard!
Studdard was eliminated last week, but now he has the chance to lose even more weight than the 39 pounds he's already dropped. When asked to explain her decision, Michaels said she only regrets the impact it had on her team.
"I stand by my opinion. A caffeine supplement is significantly healthier than unlimited amounts of coffee," she said. "My only regret is that my team, they're the ones suffering the consequences of my professional opinion."
This isn't the first time a Biggest Loser contestant has returned to the show after elimination, but it's definitely the first time someone is coming back like this.
"It means the world to me to get a second chance," Studdard says in the promo for next week's episode (shown above).
What do you think of Jillian's decision? Cheating or fair game? Are you happy Studdard is back in the competition?