Hardnosed fitness trainer Jillian Michaels has a well-earned reputation as the resident “Mean Girl” on The Biggest Loser. But if People magazine informants are to be believed, NBC’s long-running weight-loss reality series has become too “mean-spirited” — even for Jillian.
People snoops claim the diminutive wellness guru behind an empire of workout DVD classics — 30 Day Shred and Ripped in 30 spring to mind — is disgusted by Loser’s nasty new direction. So much so that she’s ready to bolt.
Jillian’s revelation comes after a controversial season finale that saw contestant Rachel Frederickson win the competition after losing an amazing 155 pounds. Her emaciated appearance set off controversy across social media. Jillian later remarked that Frederickson appeared to have lost too much weight.
“She is deeply concerned about the direction the show has been taking. She is turned off by the mean-spirited story lines and poor care of the contestants. Michaels wants to distance herself from the Biggest Loser brand. Especially considering what happened with Rachel, her feeling is that there isn’t proper attention paid to the contestants’ health or wellness.”
Oh — and that “Mean Girl” persona that helped make Michaels one of the fitness world’s most polarizing figures? Yeah, she’s kinda ovah it.
“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. She wants to be in a place where she has more respect.”
Jillian, as Loser fans will recall, has made a run for it before. In fact, Michaels, 40, already exited The Biggest Loser twice. Once in favor of starring in the ill-fated spinoff Losing It with Jillian. She eventually returned, left again and returned only to replace the exiled Anna Kournikova in Season 14.