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The Biggest Loser – When Is All Publicity NOT Good Publicity? When Child Porn Is Involved

Channel Ten and Fremantle Media have gone into damage control with The Biggest Loser with news one of this year’s contestants has been arrested on child porn charges.

News.com.au reports Deryck Ward 26, has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

Fremantle and Channel Ten have edited him and his sister out of the show so there will only be nine couples on the show. They were eliminated in week two.

So does that mean it will run for one less week? I presume this will depend where they are up to in filming, but there is a gap in between the fat camp episodes and the live finale.

The article news.com.au states:

“Given the seriousness of these charges and that this matter is to be resolved in the courts, the network decided it will not broadcast any episode in which Mr Ward would have appeared,” a Ten spokeswoman said yesterday.

“We believe this is in every party’s interest, including Mr Ward’s.”

The Courier Mail also says:

Ward, whose occupation is listed as communications specialist, weighed 189.6kg when he entered the Biggest Loser house with his goal weight being 100kg.

His biographical details for the show state he “started piling on the weight when he was at school” on a diet of junk food.

He was teased at school for being overweight and as a result gave up playing rugby, it said.

Ward cited the death of his father in 2008 – only three weeks after being diagnosed with bowel cancer – as one reason why he over-eats.

“He is now determined to lose weight especially as he’s never been in love and would like to start a family,” promotional material for the show said.

Ward has been charged with one count of possessing child exploitation material.

He also has been charged with one count of using the internet to access images of child exploitation. He is to appear in court on March 8.

Christ it is still January and this guy is already in the running for my reality TV douche of the year.

5 comments

1 Vile { 01.26.10 at 10:03 pm }

I taste vomit in the back of my throat

2 Reality Raver { 01.26.10 at 10:11 pm }

Oh agree. Channel Ten and Fremantle have handled the whole thing brilliantly so should only add to the interest in the series.

I would love to have seen how they edited Deryck, whether he was portrayed as a nice guy or a dick.

3 Sherry { 01.26.10 at 11:39 pm }

ouch.

4 Culinary Boner { 01.27.10 at 12:00 pm }

Hopefully for Ten’s (and Michelle wats-er-names) sakes they didn’t get this obese, sack-of-shite fit, so he could be inflicted more readily on the community. Given the matter is deemed serious enough for court action, best he’s encouraged to pile the kilos back on, so that he is in no physical condition to ‘live out’ the sick stuff he’s been jerking off to.

5 Reality TV Is Back And Is Going To Be An Important Aspect Of The Ratings Race | reality ravings { 01.31.10 at 6:23 pm }

[…] Channel Ten is firing off their salvos early with both The Biggest Loser, and So You Think You Can Dance Australia premiering tonight. The Biggest Loser is on at 6.30pm with new host Hayley Lewis, and I doubt the child porn scandal where they had to excise a fat busting couple will have a detrimental effect on ratings. (See previous blog post on Deryck Ward the contestant who is up on child porn charges.). […]