"Baywatch" was one of those that television series that had everyone knowing there was a story, but no-one paying attention to anything but the hot bodies. Well, the "Baywatch" cast has now revealed that those hot bodies had to be kept that way according to their contracts because of specific weight clauses, according to ABC News on Oct. 9, 2013.
"The suits were regulation standard for part of our partnership," Erika Eleniak divulged of a very strict weight clause in many of her female co-stars' contracts, which gave them a mere five pounds leeway before facing termination.
The "Baywatch" cast came together for a 25-year reunion on "Entertainment Tonight," and there was a lot of information revealed that many fans may have found surprising. Traci Bingham recalls there being "a lot of pressure," and that it was in her contract to "stay fit for the show."
Bingham was on the show from 1996 to 1998.
While a number of female members of the "Baywatch" cast have come out with their weight struggles after leaving the show; they have not put the blame on it at all.
"It was later in life when I found out that I had thyroid issues and gained a ton of weight," explained Gena Lee Nolin. "I got up to 200 pounds."
Nicole Eggert was on the series from 1992 until 1994, and she said that there "was a five-pound fluctuation. You couldn't go up or down." She went on to say that even with their weight being relegated by contracts and producers, the suits were still very hard to keep on due to them being so skimpy.
“We had plenty of moments where it didn’t really stay on,” she said. “Especially the top too because it had a really low back so one little slip and the shoulder came off [and] you know what happens when the shoulder comes off.”
“It happened a lot,” Eggert said.