Tough-love trainer Jillian Michaels will not be returning for the 16th season of the NBC weight loss reality show, The Biggest Loser according to NBC. This is the third time Michaels announced she would be leaving the show, but a source told People Magazine that Michaels was looking to distance herself from the show back in April.
Here’s what you need to know about Michaels:
1. She Felt the Winner of Season 15 ‘Lost too Much Weight’
The video above shows the look on Michaels’ face when she saw The Biggest Loser season 15 winner Rachel Frederickson show off her 155-pound weight loss on the season finale back in February. Viewers were stunned when they saw Frederickson had lost 60 percent of her original body weight and questioned whether that kind of weight loss was healthy. Michael’s later admitted on HuffPost Live, “I thought she had lost too much weight.” Michaels said the checks and balances set up by the show, including checking in with contestants once they leave the ranch, had not worked in Frederickson’s case.
2. She Didn’t Like Being the ‘Bad Guy’
Michaels, a mother of two, grew tired of her “bad guy” persona on the show and wanted more respect, a source told People Magazine. However, an XOJane writer named Emily wrote about a fitness class lead by Michaels that she attended, saying Michaels, “said some kind of messed-up stuff” about size acceptance and how she didn’t believe overweight people who felt good about themselves the way they were. Michaels said:
And I also don’t believe that even though you might be 100 pounds overweight, you’re going, ‘Oh I’m good the way that I am.’… I don’t believe that you don’t wake up in the morning and feel uncomfortable in your skin. I don’t believe that you don’t feel insecure when you pick your kid up from school. I don’t believe that you don’t feel uncomfortable when you’re naked in front of your husband or your wife for that matter. I don’t believe you.
3. She and her Partner Have two Children
— Jillian Michaels (@JillianMichaels) June 7, 2014
Michaels adopted a two-year-old girl from Haiti named Lukensia in 2012, the same week her partner, Heidi Rhoades, gave birth to a son, Phoenix, Michaels told People Magazine. On motherhood, Michaels said:
I don’t even answer email. I don’t have time to care about anything else. I want to be really present and enjoy all the nuances of their growth and development. I don’t want to rush any of it.
Her decision to adopt Lukensia marked her second departure from the television show, as she wanted to focus on motherhood.
4. She’s Released 15 DVD Workouts and Wrote Two Best-Selling Books
Michaels has released 15 DVD workouts since 2005, including “Ripped in 30” and “Kickbox FastFix.” She’s also written several books focusing on health and wellness. Two of her books, “Master Your Metabolism” and “Unlimited” made The New York Times Best Seller list. She had her own spin-off on NBC called Losing It With Jillian which filmed eight episodes.
5. She Was an Overweight Child
— Jillian Michaels (@JillianMichaels) April 21, 2014
Michaels said that the stress of her parents divorce caused her to start gaining weight when she was 12. She was bullied as an eighth grader and at her heaviest weighed 175 pounds. She said martial arts saved her life and inspired her to become a fitness instructor.