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It appears as if the staff at Discovery Plus binge-watched a bunch of episodes of TLC's My 600-Lb Life and mentioned, "Hey, we should always try this!" Contemplating mentioned supersize TLC docuseries has been profitable since 2012, maybe Discovery Plus aimed to place its personal spin on the arguably exploitative idea, calling it Too Giant.
The 2021 excessive weight reduction docuseries sees morbidly overweight contributors battle the on a regular basis challenges that include carrying lots of of kilos, hoping to shed their ball and chains and switch their lives round for the higher. Participant Corey Phelps (who stop the present) mentioned the present was pitched to him as "the antithesis of My 600-Lb Life."
But when we're being actual, the one "spin" we've seen is that Too Giant options bariatric surgeon Dr. Charles Procter (who's Amy and Tammy Slaton's physician on 1000-Lb Sisters) as a substitute of My 600-Lb Life's snarky, no-nonsense Dr. Younan Nowzaradan — aka Dr. Now (who has a fanbase of his personal).
We already know that My 600-Lb Life contributors are paid in measly crumbs (natural, low-cal crumbs, after all), however does Too Giant compensate its courageous, hard-working topics?
At this level, it's not precisely identified whether or not or not Too Giant pays its topics. We all know, anticlimactic. With these sorts of actuality exhibits — aka those that see new contributors with distinctive tales every episode — the topics are sometimes paid, simply not a lot.
And although Too Giant is technically a Discovery Plus present, TLC picked up Season 1, giving the collection its cable tv debut within the fall of 2021. We are able to a minimum of focus on what different TLC actuality present contributors (not TLC stars) are paid.
In response to TVOvermind, it's been reported that topics are paid a flat price — or a "expertise payment" — of $1,500 with their unique contract. However contemplating some My 600-Lb Life topics quickly transfer to Houston to bear bariatric surgical procedure (which the present pays for) and attend check-ins at Dr. Now's workplace, they obtain a further $2,500 stipend to assist pay for shifting charges.
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Issues went a bit in another way for the topics of TLC's completely wild, past controversial actuality collection My Unusual Habit, nonetheless.
"We're not celebrities; we don't receives a commission to be on TV," Trina Elliott informed Tampa Bay Occasions in 2013. Members Trina and her husband, Mike Elliott, have been famously "addicted" to giving themselves espresso enemas a number of occasions a day. "I don't really feel unhealthy about telling the world I did this. I simply hope the present doesn't make us appear like freaks."
Yeah, the present didn't age nicely. Although Trina and Mike weren't paid for his or her time on My Unusual Habit, TLC has modified since mentioned present's 2010 debut.
As for Too Giant, we'll simply have to attend for a Season 1 participant to leak their paycheck or non-paycheck info.
Season 1 episodes of Too Giant air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST on TLC.
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Dec. 8 2021, Printed 6:42 p.m. ET