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
Last weekend, Chelsia Hart and I headed down to Portland to check out the Biggest Loser open casting as part of the new reality-obsessed show we’re doing for SuperPass, Back to Reality. This was definitely my idea, and by “my idea” I mean I saw that they were casting in Portland and I emailed the crew like “OMG WE ARE GOING I DON’T CARE IF WE RIDE THERE FROM SEATTLE ON HORSEBACK.” (I’m kinda obsessed with Biggest Loser. )
We scored some exclusive interviews with the casting directors about the audition process and what they look for in potential cast member, and we chatted with people waiting in line (in the pouring rain for hours!) to audition. We also ran into Ken from season three, who was there to cheer on the folks in line, and we talked to him about his experience on the show and what life has been like for him and the other contestants since their time on Biggest Loser.
We put some of our favorite parts of the footage on YouTube — check it out!
April 5, 2010 at 8:30 am by Evil Beet
Soooo exciting!!! You guys should know by now that I am currently experiencing an intense love affair with The Biggest Loser (vote for Amanda!!!) and that I watched all of Season 7 on iTunes over the course of like two weeks. Kristin wasn’t really one of my favorite contestants personality-wise, but DAMN that chick was inspiring. At the time, she was the largest woman even in Biggest Loser history, and she managed to lose over 100 pounds on the ranch. When I heard she wanted to lose weight so she and her husband could have a baby, I completely broke down, but then again I pretty much always spend the whole show crying. I’m so inspired by those people! I want to be morbidly obese so I can go on an exciting journey of personal self-discovery with Bob and Jillian!!!
I am delighted to report today that Kristin and her husband Nick are now expecting! From Kristin’s blog:
WOW….WOW WOW WOW. I can hardly believe it. We are going to have a baby! Do you know what it is like to want something so bad for so long it almost feels as if it’s never going to happen? Nick and I started dating when I was 15 and he was 16 years old. We have been married for over 5 years. I truly believe with all of my heart that my weight was the one thing that prevented us from starting our family sooner. I also believe that if it were not for the Biggest Loser I would not be experiencing this miracle today.
CONGRATULATIONS to Kristin and her family!!! Just make sure to get that kid on the treadmill and eating Jennie-O turkey as soon as he pops out of the womb.
December 3, 2009 at 3:54 pm by Evil Beet
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!