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Jillian Michaels to leave the 'Biggest Loser'

By Lynn Elber

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jillian Michaels is exiting "The Biggest Loser," NBC and the producer of the weight-loss competition series said Wednesday.

In a statement, the network and production company Shine America said they and trainer Michaels have decided to part ways, and she won't be back on "Biggest Loser" this fall.

This is the third time that Michaels, known for her tough, drill-sergeant approach to working with contestants as they shed pounds, has left the series.

Asked if she might return again, a production company spokesman said the focus was on the upcoming season, No. 16.

There was no immediate response Wednesday from Michaels' representative to an email request.

Michaels' replacement on "The Biggest Loser" was not announced.

The well-muscled Michaels has described herself as a formerly overweight, unhappy youngster who found a path to fitness through martial arts, eventually becoming a trainer, physical therapy aide and then sports-medicine professional.

In 2012, Michaels returned for the show's 14th edition after taking a break to pursue adoption of a daughter. She and her partner also have a son.

"The Biggest Loser" provoked a debate in February when contestant Rachel Frederickson won after a huge weight drop that took her from 260 to 105 pounds. Criticism arose on social media about whether she'd lost too much, while experts questioned the focus on body size rather than overall health.

The series is scheduled to return to NBC in September.

Jillian Michaels Wants to Leave 'The Biggest Loser' After Controversy

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xomella1962xo June 25 2014 at 2:51 PM

Thank goodness she is leaving!!!!!! She is really rude and has no compassion for anyone.

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bbh907 June 25 2014 at 2:49 PM

No loss as far as I'm concerned.I can't stand Jillian Michaels,her big mouth,her "I'm so tough attitude" or her boot camp/drill sargent tactics!!

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Fran and Fred bbh907 June 25 2014 at 4:57 PM

yes I Jillian NO Weight LOSS

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siouxmurphy June 25 2014 at 3:02 PM

So she yells and screams at people for wanting to quit, yet she's now quit the show for the 3rd time? OMG....does anyone find this as funny as I do? Ladies and Gentleman, may I introduce to you AMERICAS BIGGEST LOSER OF ALL TIME....Jillian Michaels!!!!!

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Gordon Buzzell siouxmurphy June 25 2014 at 5:03 PM

dont worry, its about money

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Joseph Durbin June 25 2014 at 2:49 PM

Just because she was bullied into losing weight she believes this is how it is done. Shame

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DONNA June 25 2014 at 2:46 PM

jillian michaels is a Big loser. She's a jerk. How she can do such a show when she was NEVER obese. Maybe a few pounds overweight. She's obnoxious, rude, and I can't stand her. She's an awful hostess.

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soccer_sucks June 25 2014 at 3:23 PM

All these shows are a joke

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WFWR1942 June 25 2014 at 3:18 PM

I've never watched that show, mainly because of her. She is so overated. She ought to be ashamed of herself for the way she screams, yells, and cusses at the people on that show. I'm surprised one of them hasn't taken a swing at her yet. Maybe that explains why she's a lesbian. No man in his right mind would put up with a woman like that.

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rlmcanoe WFWR1942 June 25 2014 at 4:50 PM

wow are you a bitter hateful person, I feel sorry for you

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sneakyp957 WFWR1942 June 25 2014 at 9:16 PM

"Maybe that explains why she's a lesbian.'"

No,the fact that she is a lesbian is why she screams so much and tries to play like a tough guy.

Overcompensating.

I'm wondering how many contestants over the years were yanked from the show for getting in her face?

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virgh76 June 25 2014 at 3:05 PM

Although I admit that Rachael looked very skinny, she didn't necessarily look unhealthy. Since some of that weight was lost while she was at home I can't see why Jillian or any of the trainers should take the blame. I think they do a great job getting the weight off of those people and probably have already saved many lives. Maybe the bad remarks are coming from people who are jealous that they can't get their weight down..

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Gordon Buzzell virgh76 June 25 2014 at 5:02 PM

yea, i see that, bunch of fat american,s

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lalalexm1 June 25 2014 at 4:20 PM

Those of you that think that she is rude have probably never been in the military. They do not ask you or beg you to do anything. You are ordered to do it. They push snarl at you, cuss at you, etc. I like her. Too bad she is gay. She is one of the sexist woman on the planet.

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sneakyp957 lalalexm1 June 25 2014 at 9:17 PM

"Those of you that think that she is rude have probably never been in the military. They do not ask you or beg you to do anything. You are ordered to do it."

I was a career infantry NCO in the army.

Neither she nor any of the contestants are in the military.

She just likes to act Butch.

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mvnup June 26 2014 at 6:39 AM

What a waist of a beautiful woman.

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