When the silver team hit the scale on Tuesday night's "The Biggest Loser," newly reinstated Carla Triplett, who had been working the program for 30 days at home, lost a decent nine pounds, but her teammate Joelle Gwynn, who had the advantage of time on the ranch, didn't lose a single pound. Nada! Nothing!
Needless to say, Joelle had to walk that walk of shame back down the stairs, and her failure to shed pounds put her team below the yellow line. There was no doubt who was going home this night and Carla flipped out telling Joelle she wasn't being serious enough. She shouted, "Joelle! It's not about you, it's about us."
Joelle tells ET it was hurtful words like those -- and ones that were made off camera -- that made it impossible for her to articulate her desire to stay on the ranch when the rest of the contestants demanded to know if she wanted to be there.
"I kept in so much that at that moment, it was hard to speak," she tells ET. "I wanted to say that in order for me to stay that there would have to be a lot of changes. I was at a point where I was weak and drained physically and emotionally. I knew, for me, I had to believe I could get to a place where I could regroup. I was hurt that Carla couldn't see it. I wanted the best for her and our team."
These several months later, the two ladies are both back in Detroit and continue to lose weight. Joelle has dropped 57 pounds; while Carla has shed 87, but each is pursuing the goal on their own.
"I still consider Joelle a friend," Carla says. "I have reached out to her many times."
But Joelle, who says trying out for "The Biggest Loser" was her idea, sees it differently. She says, "Carla and I were more acquaintances than friends. I didn't know how we would sync. ...We have gotten through high blood pressure and diabetes. There are some victories here. So it depends on your outlook. We had a hard road, but we made it. Right now we are still achieving our goals. I am supportive for her goals and we are electing to do them separately."
"The Biggest Loser" airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on NBC.