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Jillian Michaels: Why She Left The Biggest Loser

    July 22, 2014
    Ellisha Rader Mannering
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Jillian Michaels has left the television show The Biggest Loser for the third time, but this time it might be for good. Michaels said that leaving the show was not an easy choice, but she did not feel comfortable continuing with it after the controversy surrounding Rachel Frederickson’s shocking weight loss and accusations of cheating.

Michaels talked more about leaving the show saying,

“There were some fundamental differences [with Loser’s producers] that have existed for a while,” Michaels explained, saying she didn’t like the way she was portrayed in the last two seasons of the show. “You saw none of the relationships, none of the bonds that I build with my clients.”

She went on to say that the Frederickson controversy was just one of the many reasons she decided to quit.

“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,” she said of the controversy.

“I had to take a hard look at my work. I came to the conclusion that moving forward, I need to be able to have an impact on the outcome of what I do,” she added.

Michaels also said that she hopes her fans are not too disappointed in her for leaving.

“I don’t want fans to think I feel like I’m too big for the show or that I’m seeking greener pastures,” she stressed. “I’m so grateful to the show and so sad to leave.”

What do you think of the show and what do you think is the real reason Michaels decided to quit?

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  • Lola

    It makes me proud of her. You have to stand up for what is right! The Frederickson debacle was the straw that broke the camel’s back. She has a following and I am one of them. She will continue to impact people’s lives positively. God Speed!

  • blueblue

    She’s a strong woman, and a great role model. Integrity First!

  • Roy

    Integrety and character are mportant. Glad she chose to stand on her convictions.

  • William

    I watched the finale and Rachel Frederickson looked like anorexic or someone that just came out from Auschwitz. It wasn’t really healthy. Good for Jillian for standing up for what she believe in. The producers are risking the health of contestants for the rating.

  • amanda

    She will be back to the show when her bank account balance will be low.

  • Tabitha

    Wah, wah. Now that she has the lucrative contract with Curves, she leaves again. It’s a habit with her. Good riddance.

  • LittleMo

    Why is everyone so proud of Jillian? She DID cheat. Even if she was right about less harm from a caffeine pill than from coffee, the show had RULES that said NO SUPPLEMENTS and she gave her team the pills – THAT’S CHEATING!! If she wanted to stand up for her convictions she should have argued the point to the show executives, not snuck it to her contestants behind everyone’s back. For crying out loud, people, think of what kind of person you’re hoisting up on that pedestal.