Jillian Michaels Cheats On The Biggest Loser

    November 13, 2013
    Sarah Parrott
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Jillian Michaels is probably familiar to most people, whether it be because of her multiple appearances in a variety of different health and fitness infomercials, her training and exercise DVDs, or, more likely, her spot as a trainer on the hit reality TV show, The biggest Loser. Michaels is known for pushing her teams and generally encouraging them to do their best and work hard to achieve their goal weights. The trainer ran into some disgrace during the latest episode, however, when she was accused of cheating by Alison Sweeney, the popular show’s host.

Michaels had given the members of her team, the white team, caffeine supplements, claiming that they were a completely valid and healthy alternative to unlimited amounts of coffee. In a moment of seriousness on the show last night, Sweeney went on to say, “Before you all step on the scale, there is something important that needs to be addressed. Last week, Jillian broke the rules and gave caffeine supplements to each member of her team without doctor’s permission. Because of this rules violation, Jillian has been penalized and the white team will receive a four pound disadvantage on the scale tonight.” Michaels stood by her action, but did say that she felt remorseful that her team had to suffer because of her decision.

The scandal doesn’t end there, however. The show also threw in another twist; the return of a fan-favorite, Studdard. This raised some speculation in the fan community regarding the show’s integrity; had executives manufactured a scandal to boost ratings? When Jillian was asked on Twitter by a curious follower if she had been framed to bring Studdard back, Michaels replied, “you’re spot on.” The tweet has since been deleted, and nothing else has been said about the incident.

This writer, for one, is not at all surprised that a company in charge of a reality show would manufacture the events taking place on said show. After all, reality shows aren’t quite as real as their names might lead someone to believe; they’re often scripted and staged to heighten the drama. Questions concerning the integrity of the show’s reality might be unfounded in that it wasn’t ever quite, well, real in the first place.

[Image courtesy of Jillian Michael’s official Twitter.]
  • Yep

    That isn’t cheating. But coffee really does help you lose weight. In fact, if you drink coffee with your workouts you will workout longer and harder. I don’t like caffeine pill because they make you jittery. I prefer to just drink coffee a I work out. For me it works.

    I will say this though as a general item. Everyone who is successful has cheated before. People that follow the rules will never get ahead. I have seen it my whole life. The RULES are designed so the status quo is maintained. They don’t apply to the rich and those in power. They only apply to the masses. Go to a prison. You will rarely see a rich person in prison. Go look. Ask yourself, how does a billionaire like Warren Buffet pay 11% in taxes but a senior citizen collecting social security and a pension will pay on average 20%. It is because what those in power know is that the law only applies to the masses. Doubt what I say? Start reading legal cases.

    In America, you have to know how to break the rules. It is sad but true.

  • Molly Ryan

    Well, the sweat sure looks real.

    • http://biggestlooser Barb

      I too think that the show used Jillian to get Ruben back! He did not earn the place he had…so they created a new way to bring him back! He is lazy and has the attitude that the world owes him something!

  • http://Yahoo.com Susa

    That is EXACTLY what I thought last night when they were bring Rueben back. They made up some B.S trivial crap to find a loophole to bring him back on the show. He left ALOT sooner then they hoped or expected and if I were Jillian this would be my last season. I would tell NBC to screw off.

  • Shirley

    This is what is wrong with Jillian Michaels, they fired her from the doctors because she tried to take over the whole show. If she cheated she should be let go.

  • George

    I would think that if this was a setup to bring Ruben back, then Jillian should shout from the rooftops. I would NEVER let anyone do something like that to me and not say anything. That is probably why there is a little truth in both sides: Ruben comes back and Jillian should not have give them the pills. I am sure she had to clear something like the pills with doctors on the show – and it makes sense that if the show had procedures for this, then THE RULES are the RULES!

  • bumpkin

    Is anyone surprised Julian broke the rules? She is a cheater and a liar. She lied about her weight loss. She lied by omisson and she lied to her team who thought they were taking a harmless supplement. Why would anyone give caffeine pills to an obese person whose heart is already working overtime carrying the extra weight? The rules are there to keep everyone safe and to have a healthy competition. Julian has no clue about either.

  • Amber

    This woman always looks like she’s sucking on a turd. Performance enhancing drugs are performance enhancing drugs. If she cheated or gave her team something to help them lose more weight, then she should be punished.