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!
April 8, 2014 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Jillian Michaels is my personal trainer, so hearing this story really disappointed me. And by personal trainer, I mean that I did the 30 Day Shred and then another workout video she made. So yeah, we’re pretty close. Every day, I was working out. I thought all of her health tips were gold. She told me to work harder, I worked harder. Then my knees hurt pretty badly. Hey, yeah, f-ck you, Jillian Michaels!
Ms. Michaels made an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and apparently, it will be her last. In a fan Q&A, someone asked him who was the worst guest he ever had. This was his answer (via Radar):
… [Jillian Michaels] was such a pain in the ass… She was so mean to my staff. She freaked out after the show. She was mean to my staff and she was yelling at them like she was on The Biggest Loser. We re-watched the episode like it was the freakin’ Zapruder film. Trying to figure out what set her off or what she was unhappy about, but we never figured it out. I never want to see her again.
August 18, 2013 at 10:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Okay, so, if you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I have a tendency to obsess on things. One of the things I tend to obsess on is television shows. I just get really into a show and think about it constantly, and the advent of iTunes means I can download every past episode instantly, right from my living room couch, and this is a very bad thing for my productivity. This summer I was obsessed with West Wing, and I watched all seven seasons straight through in the space of like two months. Do you know how many hours that is? (If you do, please don’t tell me.)
Right now, I’m obsessed with The Biggest Loser. My amazing trainer Kristen (quick shout-out — check out her website if you live in the Seattle area — I’ve been training with her since the week I moved here and she’s become both my fitness guru and my surrogate big sister) told me I had to start watching because I’d love it, and this season I started watching. And OMG do I love it. I just sit on my couch and watch it and sob with happiness and feel inspired and occasionally even get off the couch long enough to do 20 crunches before returning to the couch and sobbing some more. (This is why I need Kristen. All the televised inspiration in the world can’t actually get me to the gym.)
Anyway. Some friends hosted an early Thanksgiving/gratitude dinner tonight, and while I was shoveling delicious buttery calories into my mouth, the topic of The Biggest Loser came up. And then Bob and Jillian came up. And the table I was eating at was mostly filled with friends of mine who are lesbians, and they started arguing over whether Bob and Jillian were gay. Some of them swore they were both gay, some swore that neither was gay, and some thought that Bob was gay and Jillian wasn’t. I was leaning toward Bob might be gay and Jillian definitely wasn’t, but if the lesbians can’t decide, who am I to weigh in? So I asked on my Twitter.
The consensus? There was none. The opinions were completely varied. Wendie says she’s read Jillian’s book and she’s straight. But then an old friend of mine said that she knows for a fact — and this is possibly the very best gossip I’ve heard all year — that Jillian used to date Jackie Warner from Work Out a long time ago. If that is true I will just explode with reality TV happiness and insist that they get their own show together. I will fucking produce it myself.
The topic sparked such animated discussion, and I like to hear all the possible opinions I can about these things, so I thought I’d pose the question on here. What do you guys think? Anyone else have any fun inside dirt? Can anyone corroborate the story about Jillian and Jackie? (I would die of happiness.) And while we’re at it — who do you think is going to win this season? (My friends thought Rudy.)
Oh, and then a reader sent me this amazing video of Jillian training her BFF Vanessa Marcil, where she actually seems really nice and fun to be around and someone I’d want as a friend. It’s nice to see a new side of Jillian! Now I have to go out and get her book. OBSESSED, I tell you!