Jillian Michaels’ Loser Exit Due To Scandal

By: Lacy Langley - June 26, 2014

Jillian Michaels is leaving the popular show The Biggest Loser for the third time, though if she’ll be back again is unknown.

“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.

The departure is not that big of a surprise to Jillian Michaels fans or her close circle of friends.

Trouble was obviously on its way when back in February, contestant Rachel Frederickson won the contest with a shocking 155 pound weight loss and appeared extremely thin and unhealthy.

Her appearance sparked major controversy on the show and had critics of the show asking if perhaps the show and its trainers, including Jillian Michaels (who was not Frederickson’s trainer), were focusing too much on body size and weight and not putting enough focus on health.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrTah_CXO9Q

After the scandal broke, Jillian Michaels was rumored to want off of the show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFPCdZkpVm4

“She wasn’t happy with how last season went. The shocking weight loss of Rachel [Frederickson] doesn’t do the brand any favors and she wants to distance her name from it.”, said a source that is reportedly close to Jillian Michaels.

Michaels was, by all appearances, just as shocked as anyone else at the contestants’ big reveal. She began to question the ethics of The Biggest Loser herself.

“We are allowed to speak with our contestants after they go home…but no one had told me, ‘Hey, Rachel is very, very thin.’ Bob [Harper] and I had no idea. Nobody had told us, nobody had said anything to us, so yes, I was stunned,” JIllian Michaels said. “Obviously, I thought she had lost too much weight and I was immediately concerned and wondering how this happened, how no one had said something to me and how the checks and balances that have been put into place, in my opinion, this had fallen through those checks and balances.”

Therefore, her departure is understandable, but will the show be the same without Jillian Michaels? We shall see.

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Lacy LangleyLacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.

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  • robertsmom2

    I am truly sorry that Jillian is leaving the show…again… She and Bob ARE the Biggest Loser. Must admit I was among those who watched the show each season and was very concerned when Rachael came out looking so thin. My husband and I each expressed concern over the weight loss and if the contestants are under a doctors care after leaving the show. For that reason, I don’t blame Jillian for leaving. I will miss her.

  • optimist in the south

    I will miss her too however, we must remember that this is a contest with a huge pay off to the winner. The young woman who won did what she had to do to win and has since gained some weight and seems to have known what she was doing. I got the impression she went there to win and succeeded. I personally never held the trainers responsible.

  • Chris Peplinski

    I have watched the show since season 2 and personally don’t blame Jillian for leaving since I guess Rachel’s anoroxeic appearance was the last straw. I do agree that the way Rachel lost weight was rather unhealthy since she looked very bony. I am rather surprised that Bob did’t leave as well.

  • art

    no one will miss her, she was boring…her 15 mins of fame is over

  • Ay.

    I hope that whatever happens the participants to the show get a coach that helps them lose weight in a healthy manner.

    The ability to get rid of unnecessary fat in particular is something that could help regarding diabetes and obesity for example. I am saying this based on my understanding of what I have read concerning the link between weight loss and these conditions.

    A video I have watched the first time not extremely long ago gave me information that I was not necessarily expecting about weight loss. There is a link to it on this page: specialfatloss.com

    However, I don’t believe in depriving oneself completely from delicious, tasty and lawful food just to follow a particular diet. If it can be followed over the long term, does it truly help?