When I first heard that Rachael Ray was being sued by an overweight teen who had been on her shows a few years back, I wandered what horribly insensitive thing the "sammy" queen had said or done to this poor girl. Then I read the reason for the lawsuit, and I was dumbfounded.
According to TMZ, Christina Pagliarolo went on The Rachael Ray Show two years ago when she was 18 to participate in a segment on overweight teens. She weighed 260 pounds at the time, and wanted to lose 70 pounds before her senior prom. As part of the deal, Ray set her up with a trainer to help her lose the weight.
You'll never believe what that trainer then made her do.
The trainer reportedly made her run, hike in the mountains, and screamed at her "in a manner that caused Plaintiff to feel anxious, demeaned and threatened."
The horror! Having to work out to lose weight! Who would have ever imagined?
She does go on to say that while on the StairMaster the trainer kept turning up the intensity. At one point she fell off, and then the trainer yelled at her for falling. She also says she suffered some injuries. Her lawsuit specifies "negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress."
I'm sorry, but please. Emotional distress because a fitness trainer was hard on her? Has she not seen Biggest Loser? That's what they do. No one forced her to go on national TV, and did it really take her two whole years to get upset about the whole thing?
Maybe there's more to it than is being initially reported, but from what we know now it sounds about as ridiculous as the infamous case in which someone tried to sue because their coffee was too hot.
The show claims it hasn't received a lawsuit yet, but told the Huffington Post that if and when they get it they will "defend ourselves against it vigorously and fully expect to prevail."
I certainly hope they do.
Do you think this lawsuit sounds ridiculous?
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