Superstar personal trainer Jillian Michaels has just quit ‘The Biggest Loser’ for the third time and will not be returning for the show’s 16th season.
Jillian Michaels, 40, will be leaving The Biggest Loser — again. On June 25, NBC announced that she and the show that made her a household name will be parting ways — for the third time — and that she will not be returning for Season 16. More details below!
Jillian Michaels Quit ‘The Biggest Loser’ — Dispute Over Rachel Frederickson?
“After helping hundreds of contestants transform their lives and inspiring millions of viewers at home, The Biggest Loser and Jillian Michaels have decided to part ways and she will not be returning for season 16 when it airs in the fall,” NBC said in a statement.
As of yet, no word on who will be replacing her, nor the reason for the splitting of ways; “Additional information about the new season will be announced at a later date,” said a rep for NBC.
As tough as she was, Jillian was seen as one of the most successful trainers on the series, and her return for the 14th season in 2012 was met with excitement from Biggest Loser fans.
Jillian Michaels ‘Is Deeply Concerned About The Direction The Show Has Been Taking’
However, Jillian “is deeply concerned about the direction the show has been taking,” a source revealed to People mag in April. “She is turned off by the mean-spirited story lines and poor care of the contestants.” This comes on the heels of the controversy surrounding Rachel Frederickson, winner of Season 15, who had, according to experts, lost far too much weight.
While Rachel has since gained some weight back, Jillian “wants to distance herself from the Biggest Loser brand,” the mag’s source continued. “Especially considering what happened with Rachel, her feeling is that there isn’t proper attention paid to the contestants’ health or wellness.”
Furthermore, due to Jillian’s tough love approach, “The show uses her as the bad guy, and anyone who knows Jillian knows she’s not the bad guy at all. She’s a loving mother of two kids. She’s not the negative person they portray her as.”
So, HollywoodLifers, why do you think Jillian quit? Was she really shaken by Rachel’s treatment and of her own portrayal as the villain? Or do you think she is just exploring new opportunities? Let us know!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner