Hey look, it’s the first time Jillian Michaels and I have ever agreed on anything! Apparently she wants to leave The Biggest Loser since last season’s winner, Rachel Frederickson, got way too skinny – potentially due to an eating disorder triggered by the show. Apparently Jillian is too body positive for all that, which is a crock of shit, but let’s go for it.
“She is deeply concerned about the direction the show has been taking,” a source tells PEOPLE. “She is turned off by the mean-spirited story lines and poor care of the contestants.”
Now, “Michaels wants to distance herself from the Biggest Loser brand,” says the source. “Especially considering what happened with Rachel, her feeling is that there isn’t proper attention paid to the contestants’ health or wellness.”
“They asked her to come back to boost the ratings and they needed her, but the Rachel thing shook her up,” says the source. At the finale, Michaels seemed visibly distraught to see Frederickson’s emaciated appearance.
“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,” says the source. “She wants to be in a place where she has more respect.”
LOL to Jillian being a “loving mother” – maybe that’s so, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t contributed just as much bullshit to the show’s unhealthy practices. Jillian has quite clearly shown her own distaste for overweight bodies, so she doesn’t work at giving compassion and understanding aside from a few heavily edited clips. She works at shaming people for being fat because she hated herself for being fat, so… there’s that.
That being said, I kinda like her because I enjoy abrasiveness, but that show is TERRIBLE. Last season, Jillian’s team had a five pound weight penalty after it was discovered she’d been feeding them all caffeine pills all week to boost their weight loss. When questioned about it, she had ZERO remorse and said they were totally fine. G status!