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Jillian Michaels leaving ‘Biggest Loser’ for a third time

'Biggest Loser' trainer Jillian Michaels leaving TV show.
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After a controversial season 15 of the ‘Biggest Loser’ trainer Jillian Michaels will not take part in the TV show come September. Sources cannot state firmly whether Michaels is leaving because of concerns about the healthcare contestants receive, only that she will not return.

"After helping hundreds of contestants transform their lives and inspiring millions of viewers at home, The Biggest Loser and Jillian Michaels have decided to part ways and she will not be returning for season 16 when it airs in the fall," NBC said in a statement on eonline.

Michaels, who is known for her tough training style, was one of the original trainers when the show debuted in 2004. This will be her third time leaving the show. Michaels recently returned in 2012 and was a apart of seasons 14 and 15.

People states that a source tells them that she was "deeply concerned about the direction the show has been taking" after last season’s shocking weight loss reveal. Rachel Frederickson, the winning contestant, lost a whopping 155-pounds. Her weight loss came as a shock to both fans and the show's trainers. After the finale, social media was abuzz with the news which did not shed a good light on the show.

In a HuffPost Live Interview Michaels made it very clear she was surprised at Fredrickdson’s weight loss. She said in the interview, "Obviously, I thought she had lost too much weight and I was immediately concerned and wondering how this happened, how no one had said something to me and how the checks and balances that have been put into place, in my opinion, this had fallen through those checks and balances."

There was no talk if she will return after the upcoming season. Season 16 of The Biggest Loser starts Thursday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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