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Arthur Wornum Has Got No Time for Tears after his Biggest Loser Elimination

It’s been a very long time since we’ve seen such a heart wrenching episode of Biggest Loser. We haven’t missed a show since season five began and this will undoubtedly go down as one of the most unforgettable episodes. There were few dry eyes as we watched Arthur Wornum walk in to the gym wearing a red shirt, a symbol that he’d been traded to the other team where he had no alliances; and should he end-up in the elimination room everyone knew he’d be sent home.

“I feel like I’m being dressed for my funeral” said a tearful Arthur as he walked on the scale one last time. Jillian Michaels was crying, “his girls” were crying on the black team, and most of us at home were crying big ‘ole alligator tears. And after last night’s elimination, Bob Harper sent Arthur a text message saying “I’m still in tears.”

However, you can’t cry for Arthur for too long. He’s resilient, and exudes a positivity and optimism that we wish was fully contagious like a virus. You’ll hear his high spirits in our post-elimination interview below. He tells us he has no animosity toward the red team, and knows he was victim to the “us v. them” mentality. He also shares how trainers Bob and Jillian have kept in touch since he left the ranch.

You can credit Bob and Jillian with a lot of Arthur’s success, but in the end it all goes to him. He lost 117 pounds, off of a starting weight of 507 pounds, while at the ranch. Working out six to eight hours a day at home, he’s now within 100 pounds of his goal.

“This isn’t to win the at-home prize, that’s the icing on the cake, this is to win my life back,” says Arthur about his weight loss. “For the first time in a long time, it’s within reach.” So close in fact that he’s confident that the at-home prize of $100,000 could very well be his. Don’t let a starting weight of 507 fool you, last year’s “heaviest contestant ever,” Michael Ventrella, became season 9′s Biggest Loser champ.

Arthur’s not taking the easy road. Part of that eight-hour-a-day workout, which he calls “my daily job,” is walking the five miles to the gym, and five miles home. In an interview with his loudest cheerleader, father and teammate, Jesse Wornum, he told us that Arthur has a tremendous support network at home, including his wife, mother, aunts, uncles and friends.

We have no doubt we’re going to see Arthur take this one all the way. And maybe even a little bit further!

March 2nd, 2011

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I have removed The Biggest Loser from my DVR recordings and agree with others that the producers have fallen off the edge of the abyss into "un-reality tv land". Go Arthur!!! I will be cheering for you from Ohio---

posted Mar 16th, 2011 12:04 am


I too am finished with the how.When the season started out I could barely walk fast on a treadmill becase of arthritis and a recent hip replacement and the first time Arthur ran for 30 sec changed mylife.He so much inspired me to quit playing the victom.I too can see why Jillian is leaving the producers obviously lost sight of the fans they inspired to the reality game fans.So sad.

posted Mar 9th, 2011 9:42 pm


My fiance and I actually thought the red team would actually have some class and keep Arthur (the one who needs to be there). We have watched the show for four seasons and we are done with it! I did not cry; I was fuming. The show has lost it's focus. No wonder why Jillian is leaving. Arthur we hope to read about you winning for losing the most weight at home.

posted Mar 7th, 2011 11:26 pm


I think the producers are to fault for Arthur's leaving. There was no red or yellow line to fall under. Under NO circumstances should Arthur even have been considered to be eliminated! Perhaps Kaylee with a one pound loss after 2 weeks home should've been the one to go home. Karma is a , the red team constantly loses weigh ins. They need Arthur to survive. I can't wait to see them turn on themselves because they can't beat the black team.

posted Mar 4th, 2011 7:00 am


Why does nobody remember that the situation was entirely of Arthur's own making? If he hadn't betrayed Jen and her dad after the chocolate challenge he might still be on the ranch.

posted Mar 3rd, 2011 8:19 am


I don't like what they did to Arther either, The people on the red team I think are very selfish. Just wait until the game starts really going off and then they will have to turn on each other.. We love you Arther and we believe in you....

posted Mar 2nd, 2011 11:57 pm

Mindy Harris

I hate WHAT they did to Arthur - He really still needs to be there. You know Krama is a !!

posted Mar 2nd, 2011 7:15 pm


I've tried 2 browsers and still cannot listen to the interview, it is not even showing up.

posted Mar 2nd, 2011 6:21 pm


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