I wrote a blog a while back about Ruby Gettinger and how I thought it was crazy that Style Network had not decided whether or not to renew her show on their network for a 5th season. If you missed it, here it is .
This week, Ruby’s fans alerted her to an article from Entertainment Weekly stating that the show was not going to be renewed at this time. A Style spokesperson told me the exact same thing when I called, that Yes they had confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that there were no plans at this time for a 5th season. I think this is appalling. There are so many shows out there on reality TV that have ZERO substance. Finally we get a show that is real. REAL reality television! Ruby’s journey is not all glitz and glam and sparkles. She has issues. I would venture to say that anyone who is morbidly obese has serious issues. If we didn’t, we could all put down the fork and lose the weight in a flash.
Ruby was facing her problems head-on and trying to get to the bottom of what caused her to become obese. This is such a critical part of recovery for this disease. Do I sound like I am talking about an alcoholic or something? Yes I do. This disease is so similar to any other substance addiction.
When I was 325 lbs and waiting to have my gastric bypass, Ruby was just coming on TV. I could totally relate to her and her battles with “The Beast”. I was fighting the same battle. Sure I took a different path than Ruby did, I used the tool of bariatric surgery. Ruby did not think this was the right tool for her, but supports the procedure for those who find that it is. I had to totally change my lifestyle and I work hard every day to beat my own beast. It is not an easy journey for any of us.
Her show was really getting into the emotional side of obesity and fighting it during Season 4. She had setbacks, and bumps in the road, and guess what? WE ALL DO! It makes her even more real and more believable. The first time Ruby was a guest on my radio show, Fit Living, we had a blast and were so hopeful that good news for her was just around the corner.
When we had Ruby and Georgia and Jeff on last night to tape this Sundays’ show, things were not so hopeful. Ruby had just gotten this news and it was devastating. the part that bothers me most is that no one even called her to tell her the news. She had to hear it from the internet! She is such a trooper and trying to keep her head up and chin up and knows she has the support of the weight loss community.
I decided to call Style myself and was able to get through to a spokesperson for the network who informed me that indeed there were no plans to renew “Ruby”, but that she was still very important to Style and would be one of their “Fight with Style” ambassadors against obesity. I am not really sure what that means and they were very vague with me.
The spokesperson also told me that Ruby was clearly very popular with the fans. My next question to her was to ask why they were not renewing her for a 5th season if they love her so much and the fans clearly love her??? I told her that it was clearly a win-win for all to keep her on the air.
She then told me that the door was not closed to possibilities in the future, but at this time, they felt like her story had been told and a 5th season was not going to happen. I proceeded to explain to her that ever since Ruby appeared on my show, I have been flooded with emails from her fans telling me that they want to see her journey to the end and to the finish. The spokesperson really danced around that one and never did answer me.
With so many shows out there that really do not help anyone or touch anyone, how can they think of not renewing one like this that TRULY touches people? Ruby and her friends have started a petition to keep her show on the air. You can help by signing it here:
It was interesting to me that Style insisted that “Ruby” is not cancelled, just no plans for another season at this time. Is that double talk or what???? I left the conversation even more confused. She spoke so highly of Ruby and acknowledged how popular she is with the fans, and yet they do not think she should be renewed? Who’s life is helped in any way by shows documenting the daily life and fake marriages of affluent young women who’s only claim to fame is being on reality television?
Ruby is real with real problems. Food addiction is one of the most widespread addictions in this country and there are so few talking about it. I am a recovering food addict myself. This was me at 325 pounds:
I was an unhealthy mess and was eating myself to death. I had so many physical issues related to my obesity. I learned quickly that until I fixed what was going on in my head, the physical would never be fixed. Thankfully, I have a good friend in Augusta, GA , Dr. Connie Stapleton, PhD who is a psychologist specializing in food addiction and weight issues. She really showed me what this addiction was all about. More people need to realize that this is a serious addiction and “Ruby” was one show that was finally addressing the issue. So many people do not even realize the addiction to food is more powerful than that to cocaine and heroin There are medical studies to back this, this is NOT my opinion. Check out Dr. Stapleton’s site for more info.
I could never have gone from the photo above to this without the knowledge of food addiction and how powerful it can be. From 325 pound unhealthy woman to a runner who finished her first half marathon almost a year ago would never have happened without addressing my food addiction. I was so excited to finally see a show addressing the issue and confronting it. Is it pretty? NO But is it real? YES!
I find it hard to believe that Style does not see the true value in letting the public see Ruby’s battle and journey to its conclusion.
As my husband Ben says, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. I think we all need to squeak and let these networks know what we want to see on TV. It does not matter how you lost weight or if you are still trying to lose. We are all fighting the same battle. We should all try to help keep shows like this on the air that tell the public that they are not crazy and yes this is a terrible addiction and disease and battle.
How many people used to think they were just fat and lazy and doomed to be that way forever because they didn’t understand the powerful addiction that had control of them? How many of them have hope after being exposed to the problem of food addiction thanks to “Ruby?”
Of course Ruby would love to see Style pick the show back up. But if they will not, we need to approach other networks who would be a good outlet for her show. If you miss the interview on Fit Living this Sunday, December 18th, at 7:05 PM CST, keep checking back on The Bariatric Guru Facebook page for the show to be posted online. LIKE the page and you will get all of the updates as we get them including the next time Ruby will be on the show.
Be sure to sign the petition at the link above. Here are some other numbers for you to call and voice your opinion:
Frances Berwick- President of Style Network. 212 664 4444 – Call her and tell her you want Ruby on the air!
You can also email Kathy Kelly-Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some other networks you can call to tell them they need to pick Ruby up if Style doesn’t!
OWN Network- 323 602 5500
CBS- 323 575 2345
Lifetime TV- 310 556 7500
People Magazine- 212 522 6699 email@example.com People magazine loves to hear from the public on these type of issues.
If everyone lets their voice be heard, we can help get this show back on the air. Ruby is a wonderful person and I am proud to call her friend. She is strong and brave and boldly opened up her entire life to us all. She deserves the chance to finish her story. The public needs to hear it as well.