Lew Polley might think he's a "badass" using a weight cutting method that gets rid of water, quickly.
But, there are people who have died using that method of weight cutting, and dangers involved.
JDS isn't a n00b for recognizing as much.
Link please. It's not that I don't believe you, but my profession has ingrained in me to search for proof.
As for my speculation, I think the networks saw Polley was ruffling JDS' feathers, and helped to prod along the storyline in an attempt to create "tension."
MTV has been known to do this w/ its Real World brand.