Jillian Michaels Is Leaving The Biggest Loser For Third Time, Won't Return For Season 16
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Jillian Michaels is leaving The Biggest Loser, NBC announced on Wednesday, June 25. The trainer will not be returning for the reality competition's upcoming season 16.
"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.
Michaels, 40, made her debut on the series in 2004, often working alongside fellow trainer Bob Harper. She took a break in 2006, returned in 2007, and left again in 2011. Never one to keep quiet, she voiced her concerns after season 15 winner Rachel Frederickson dropped a staggering 155 pounds, revealing a shocking frame during the show's finale.
"Nobody told me like, 'Oh hey, Rachel is very, very thin.' Bob [Harper] and I had no idea," Michaels told HuffPost Live in February. "Nobody had told us. Nobody had said anything to us. So yes, I was stunned. Obviously I thought she had lost too much weight."
In May, Michaels also hinted that her days at Biggest Loser were numbered. "The problem with Biggest Loser is that it's become such a cartoon of me and it's also—you maybe see what I've done in 10 days, you maybe see 5 minutes of it. And of course, the 5 minutes that they're going to show is going to be the most sort of crazy, off the wall 5 minutes," she explained to Us Weekly.
She added: "Biggest Loser is a life or death intervention that exists on a ticking clock. For me, it's a very scared straight kind of scenario for these people."