Ali Vincent, the first woman to win the NBC weight loss show "The Biggest Loser," says she called "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno a "jerk" at a recent event because she was "so embarrassed" by his public remarks to her on stage.
Vincent, who is currently promoting her new cable show "Live Big With Ali Vincent," competed in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon over the weekend. After placing first in the celebrity female division, Leno brought her up on stage.
"Can you jump up and down once again for the guys?" he asked Vincent.
"Will you jump up and down with me?" she replied.
Leno complied and they jumped on stage together. He then said: "It's just a little better when you do it."
Vincent then said in his microphone, laughing: "He's such a jerk."
She later clarified her remarks.
"I was so nervous and excited to meet Jay Leno since I never had the opportunity to be on his show after winning 'The Biggest Loser,'" Vincent told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a statement. "I didn't realize he was trying to get my 'breasts' to bounce when he asked me to jump! I was so embarrassed in front of so many people that I told the crowd, 'He's such a jerk.'"
"My mom, on the other hand, thought he was hilarious," she added. "If Jay wants to invite me on his show to talk about my all accomplishments, or explain why he didn't take part in the triathlon, I would welcome the invitation!"
Leno's spokesperson had no immediate comment on the matter.
"Live Big with Ali Vincent," debuted on the ABC-owned Live Well HD cable network on September 4 and sees her traveling across the United States as part of "a personal mission to help others discover their true selves."
The series is produced by KABC Television, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com.
Vincent, a 5'5" former competitive synchronized swimmer, lost almost half of her body weight during her time on the fifth season of "The Biggest Loser," which aired in 2008. She started out at 234 pounds and weighed 122 pounds when she won the competition. She told OnTheRedCarpet.com in August that she currently weighs about 140 pounds.
Vincent lives in Spokane, Washington. She has in recent years worked as a motivational speaker and released a book called "Believe It, Be It: How Being the Biggest Loser Won Me Back My Life" in November 2009.
The 12th season of "The Biggest Loser" begins on NBC on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.