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Jillian Michaels may quit 'Biggest Loser' after anorexia and weight loss scandal

Jillian Michaels may leave Biggest Loser after Rachel Frederickson anorexia controversy
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Jillian Michaels is considering leaving "The Biggest Loser" in the wake of the anorexia controversy surrounding season 15 winner Rachel Frederickson.

"She is deeply concerned about the direction the show has been taking," a source told People. "She is turned off by the mean-spirited story lines and poor care of the contestants.

Michaels wants to distance herself from the 'Biggest Loser' brand, especially considering what happened with Rachel. Her feeling is that there isn't proper attention paid to the contestants' health or wellness."

The stunning news comes two months after Rachel Frederickson was crowned this season's winner. The 5-foot-4 Frederickson, who previously weighed 260 pounds, slimmed down to 105 pounds by the season finale (on Feb. 5). Rachel has vehemently denied the anorexia reports, and has since regained 20 pounds.

Frederickson's emaciated appearance stirred rumors she was suffering from the eating disorders anorexia or bulimia, and drew alarmed reactions from Michaels and her colleague, Bob Harper.

Jillian blamed Frederickson's trainer, Dolvett Quince, for the anorexia controversy, saying he didn't properly supervise his contestant to ensure she lost weight in a healthy manner. Quince, the author of the bestselling The 3-1-2-1 Diet, insisted Rachel had lost weight the healthy way, and asked fans not to jump to conclusions.

Earlier this season, Michaels also came under fire for giving caffeine supplements to her contestants — a violation of The Biggest Loser's rules of competition. Michaels said the show intentionally played up the controversy to boost ratings and made her out to be the villain.

"They asked her to come back to boost the ratings and they needed her, but the Rachel thing shook her up," said the source. "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."

Michaels, the author of Slim for Life and creator of the bestselling workout DVD, Jillian Michaels One Week Shred, is currently on a 28-city wellness tour called "Maximize Your Life."

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