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Dolvett on 'Biggest Loser' controversy: I want fans to still respect show

Nov. 13, 2013 at 2:05 PM ET

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"Biggest Loser" trainer Dolvett Quince said he's excited to get Ruben Studdard back to teach him more.

"The Biggest Loser" stunned viewers Tuesday night when the show revealed that trainer Jillian Michaels had broken the rules and given her team members caffeine pills without doctor's permission, but that wasn't Dolvett Quince's main concern.

"I just felt like, this is an amazing brand, 'Biggest Loser,' and I want people to continue to respect the brand," he told TODAY about his thoughts after learning of the controversy. "That's the only thing that was going through my mind. We all work hard toward our goal to get people healthy, and I know I for one will continue to do that."

Quince, who joined the weight-loss competition in 2011, said that after the issue was discovered, production was paused so that the show could "go about it the right way" in addressing the problem.

The show ended up giving Michaels' White Team a 4-pound penalty for taking the pills, one pound for each remaining contestant, at the weigh-in. In a TODAY survey, 51 percent of readers thought that the whole team should not have been punished, but rather, that only the trainer should have taken the blame. 

As for what Quince plans to do going forward from this, "I'm just going to do what I do and worry about the red team and all of America that believes in me and my brand."

And that means sticking to his methods to help his team succeed — without the help of any supplements. It's a point that the trainer wants to get across. 

"That's why I wrote the book '3-1-2-1 Diet,' to show people they can use food to be successful," he said after his segment on the TODAY show Wednesday to promote his new book.

"We all hit walls whether we're a past contestant or you're just a regular Joe Schmoe on the streets," Quince said. "I wrote this book, which is a lifestyle book, to show people that even if you have a plateau, you can still come back from it successfully and have a great life!"

Though Michaels' white team was penalized, it wasn't bad news for everyone on "The Biggest Loser": The former week's results were thrown out, and Quince's red team got Ruben Studdard back.

"The fact that he's back, the fact that I get an opportunity to put a little bit more education in his mind, a little bit more inspiration in his heart, that's why I need him back," the trainer said of the former "American Idol" champ's return to the ranch. "Myself — as well as my team — super excited that he's back. And we're a team again!"

"The Biggest Loser" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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