My 600 Lb Life cast member Angela Gutierrez says she supports the gross negligence lawsuit filed against Megalomedia, the show’s production company — and suggested she may explore legal action as well. Angela promised that “people will learn the truth about that show” after learning of the suit, filed by the family of deceased My 600 Lb Life star LB Bonner.
Angela became one of Season 7’s more controversial cast members when her story debuted last year. The Ohio native, whose poor health at 608 pounds was further complicated by multiple sclerosis, became just the second cast member to drop out of Dr. Nowzaradan’s weight loss program. (Fellow Season 7 cast member Jeanne Covey was the first.)
But it was the end of the Angela Gutierrez debut episode that proved most frustrating for many viewers. During a Skype chat with Dr. Now, Angela claimed she’d actually managed to lose approximately 120 pounds all on her own since leaving Houston and returning to Ohio. An incredulous Dr. Now called Angela “delusional” — and, judging by the reaction across social media, it seems many of the show’s viewers agreed with him.
However, Angela is also one of the first My 600 Lb Life cast members to respond to Starcasm’s coverage of the Bonner family’s lawsuit accusing Megalomedia’s negligence of contributing to LB Bonner’s suicide. (LB’s Season 6 castmate David Bolton has since filed a similar lawsuit.) In a public post just days after we broke the story, Angela said she was “happy” to see the show’s production company getting taken to court — because it meant that My 600 Lb Life‘s audience might learn what goes on behind the scenes.
“”This makes me so happy to see that people will learn the truth about that show,” Angela wrote. “It’s so sad it got to him so bad that he took his life but I 100% understand!!!”
Angela added, “I would love to be part of that case to help that family tell the truth.”
In our exclusive interview with Tony Buzbee, attorney for both the Bonner family and David Bolton, we learned that multiple My 600 Lb Life cast members had reached out to consider legal action against Megalomedia. “I expect you will see more suits in the coming days,” Buzbee told us, in late January, and David Bolton’s negligence lawsuit quickly followed.
We don’t know whether Angela Gutierrez was one of the My 600 Lb Life cast members to speak with Buzbee. But Angela did add another comment on the lawsuit and the show’s production in a response to a friend. “What I’m saying,” Angela wrote, “is what you are seeing is sometimes nowhere the truth so none of us know we just know what they showed on tv.”
Angela, who not long ago said she was aiming for “better habits, positive thinking, clean eating, and most of all loving yourself,” recently shared new photos of herself for the first time in months. The first two before-and-after shots come from New Year’s Eve, which Angela spent celebrating with family:
And the third pic is of Angela with one of her granddaughters, taken on Valentine’s Day:
The Angela Gutierrez My 600 Lb Life debut episode is available for streaming via TLC. We still haven’t heard whether or not Angela has filmed for a follow-up episode.
(Photo credits: Angela Gutierrez via Facebook)
John Sharp is Starcasm’s chief editorial correspondent-at-large. Tips: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter @john_starcasm.