It’s been an exciting journey both professionally and personally for Jillian Michaels. Now, after 10 years on The Biggest Loser, she’s finally opening up to People magazine on why she left the hit show.
At one point, Michaels was the most famous presence on the show. She was tough as nails, but also championed the contestants victories as she helped each contestant achieve their weight-loss goal. That said, the fitness expert and personal trainer had to walk away from the NBC reality show.
Michaels has kept humble throughout her time in the spotlight, and because of that quality she was very honest in expressing how she doesn’t want to come off to with fans that enjoyed watching her on the show season after season.
“I don’t want fans to think I feel like I’m too big for the show or that I’m seeking greener pastures. I’m so grateful to the show and so sad to leave.”
For Michaels, there was a switch in producers. As we know from watching various reality shows, a producer plays a very important role in the tone of the show; in the editing room; and all the way back to the shooting days. Jillian Michaels wasn’t happy with the change of direction and how it affected the way she was portrayed on screen.
“In the beginning of the show it was tough love. You saw the tough, and you saw the love.”
However, after a change in production Michaels’ persona was replaced by a much harsher “character.” Jillian continued:
“You saw none of the relationships, none of the bonds that I build with my clients. Millions of people have this warped negative perception of me.”
This is an image that she didn’t want to project personally and professionally. A lot has changed for Jillian Michaels since she first started with NBC’s weight loss show. Michaels and her partner Heidi Rhoades adopted a two-year-old girl, Lukensia Michaels Rhoades, from Haiti back in 2012. In the same month, Jillian’s partner gave birth to their son, Phoenix Michaels Rhoades.
Due to the change of direction, Jillian’s reputation took a nosedive, and unfortunately it started to bleed into her personal life. She revealed to People that a little girl had told her daughter at camp, “I know who your mom is – she’s a cheater. I saw it on TV.”
With that, the former NBC trainer said:
“I came to the conclusion that moving forward, I need to be able to have an impact on the outcome of what I do.”