A redemption arc is playing out on I’m A Celebrity, but it’s not the full story.

“I think this is a good reason for me to be doing this show [I’m A Celebrity], because I think there’s still very much a legacy or a hangover from my days as being a trainer on The Biggest Loser.”

In its heyday, The Biggest Loser was one of the biggest TV shows in the country, watched by over a million Australians every night and running for more than 500 episodes.  

In the years leading up to its 2017 cancellation and the preceding years since, people have started to question its place on Australian TV, as the series was notorious for platforming dangerous exercise and eating habits and fat-shaming people on a national scale. 

But based on the conversations happening on I’m A Celebrity, there’s a startling lack of self-awareness about the TV show’s reputation shared from Bridges and some of the other camp mates. 

Bridges was briefly asked about the controversial show on Monday’s episode. “You would have gotten a lot of clients from The Biggest Loser,” Callum said, as he pressed “Most of your people, they would come from The Biggest Loser?” 

Michelle nodded but didn’t elaborate and then pivoted the conversation to talk about her training program. 

On an earlier episode that aired Sunday March 29, some of the women discussed the show, and Bridges expressed surprise over it being criticised. 

“I did this body positivity interview and we spoke about Loser back in the day,” Bridges began. “From there, a bunch of different news outlets picked it up and tried to blow it up.”