• Thu, Jul 17 - 5:23 pm ET

Jillian Michaels Left Biggest Loser Because She Was ‘Ashamed’ Of The Show’s Extremes

Jillian Michaels tilting her head unhappy GIF Biggest LoserIf you were wondering why Jillian Michaels recently left The Biggest Loserwhere she’d been a trainer for ten years, the answer may be surprisingly similar to the reason that you stopped watching the show — shit got too real.

Remember the winner from last season? That woman Rachel Frederickson who took her weight loss so incredibly seriously that she went from being clinically obese to teetering on the border of underweight, all in the same season? She won, of course, because that’s the whole point, right? Whoever loses the most, wins! It’s not about health and it’s not about happiness; it’s about pounds, and the more you lose, the better. Getting down to zero is really the dream.

Anyway, after she dropped all that weight, watchers of the show suddenly got all indignant, shaming this woman for taking the premise of the show ‘too far’, as if there was such a thing. As if the show itself wasn’t pushing the boundary of health simply by getting fatter and fatter people for the start of each new season and pushing them to lose more and better and faster.

But luckily (or unluckily, depending on how you think about it), the show and its contestants finally pushed things so far that even Jillian, one of the trainers on it, was able to see what she’d become complicit in. As she told People:

“After Rachel, I had to take a hard look at my work. ’I realized that if I am the face of something, if I benefit from it, then I have to take responsibility for the good and the bad. I hadn’t worked with Rachel, but that’s no excuse. I felt ashamed, and I came to the conclusion that moving forward I need to be able to have an impact on the outcome of that I do.”

Basically, once she realized that NBC wasn’t going to do anything to prevent future contestants from going to the same extremes that Rachel did, she left.

There were other factors that went into it, such as Jillian being unhappy with the way her personality was presented on the show, but the bottom line was Jillian taking responsibility for her own choices and decisions, which is something she encourages contestants to do as well, so it’s good to see her doing it for herself. Golf claps all around, everyone!

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  • Ay.

    I don’t want to criticize anyone. However, I think that whatever was the cause of the weight loss in the show, losing weight seems to be better if done in a healthy way.

    While there may be several benefits associated to weight loss, I don’t think that they can be a justification to accept to go through extreme diets or workouts that may simply be too hard to keep up with on the long term.

    A good thing is that there are ways to lose weight while still eating delicious food and not being enslaved to a super hard workout. One of them appears may be the one discussed here: http://9nl.us/kq9f

    When it comes to weight loss, I think that what is desired is long term result, so why bother with diet plans that may not be sustainable?

  • Laura Smith

    I say good on her. The extreme measures taken on that show can put people off a healthy lifestyle.
    I have lost 40lbs following a program http://dietplansreviewed.net/ recommended which focuses on the two things we know are good for us: a healthy BALANCED diet combined with a cardio regime. It really is that simple. There is no need to over-complicate things and go to such extremes.

  • mich_nicole

    Always a wonderful role model! Love and am a supporter of her 30 day shred video!

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    • el_capitanian

      Yes wonderful role model but only after she’s made millions off this show. Btw is she giving any of that money back? NO.

  • Lily Savage

    Jillian Michaels be my new BFF

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