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Jillian Michaels wants off ‘The Biggest Loser’

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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!

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Behind the Scenes at the Biggest Loser Open Auditions

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!

The Biggest Loser’s Kristin Steede Is PREGGERS!!!

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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.