*Weight loss company Nutrisystem has dropped Lawrence Taylor as a spokesman in the wake of his rape charges.

“We are shocked and saddened by these very serious allegations against Lawrence Taylor,” a rep told TMZ.com, which posted a photo showing Taylor’s image replaced by San Diego Padres star Matt Stairs on the company’s Web site.

The rep added, “Based on the severity of these allegations, Nutrisystem has made the decision to sever our relationship with Mr. Taylor effective immediately.”

As previously reported, Taylor was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of raping a 16-year-old. The 51-year-old has pleaded not guilty to charges of third-degree rape and patronizing a prostitute. He was released on $75,000 bail and is due back in court on June 10.

Below, Lawrence Taylor appears at the end of this Nutrisystem commercial.