However, at the next weigh-in, host Alison Sweeney revealed that the previous weigh-in would be voided since trainer Jillian Michaels had given her team caffeine supplements without the doctor’s permission.
This meant the show brought Ruben back and he did not participate in the Week 5 weigh-in. Instead, Jillian’s team received a penalty of a pound each and her team member Craig Arrington was sent home (though he would’ve been eliminated even without the penalty). But Michaels is not happy about the rule-breaking accusation.
A fan on Twitter tweeted at Michaels, “She was used by the show for a reason to bring a famous contestant back,” to which Michaels responded, “You’re spot on.”
Eliminated contestant Arrington defended the show, telling reporters, “I don’t see Ruben coming back as being a ploy or anything, it was just about being fair. It just so happened to be Ruben at the time.”
“Ruben’s a great friend of mine, and production decided that the person that was eliminated the week before should be brought back to ensure the contest was fair to all contestants, and that’s exactly what they did.”
At the time of the rules violation reveal, Michaels defended herself, saying, “I stand by my opinion: a caffeine
supplement is significantly healthier than unlimited amounts of coffee. My only regret is that my team are the ones suffering the consequences of my professional opinion.”
What do you think, fans? Was it all a trumped-up charge to bring Ruben Studdard back?