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'The Biggest Loser' Jennifer Widerstrom, Jessie Pavelka replace Jillian Michaels

RESTON, VA - MARCH 23: Jillian Michaels speaks during the 2013 Get Radical Women's Conference at Hyatt Regency Reston on March 23, 2013 in Reston, Virginia.
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Jillian Michaels has decided to leave the TV reality show, “The Biggest Loser,” and stepping in to replace her for Season 16 is Jessie Pavelka and Jennifer Widerstrom.

Jessie Pavelka is the personal trainer on Lifetime’s Diet Tribe. He is also an ambassador of the UK program Helping Overcome Obesity Problems also known as HOOP.

Jennifer Widerstrom, former American Gladiator star, is an expert on woman’s health. She is the lead female trainer for “Even,” a wellness line for the InterContinental Hotel group.

NBC said, "We are excited to welcome Jessie and Jen into The Biggest Loser family, and know they will be valuable players on this life-changing show that continues to inspire millions of people to embrace a healthy lifestyle. We look forward to viewers meeting them and to revealing more great changes we have in store for the new season."

This is the third time that Jillian Michaels has quit "The Biggest Loser." NBC announced "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."

After last season’s controversy over the dramatic weight loss of Rachel Frederickson, Jillian wants to put distance between herself and the show. When Rachel came on, she weighed 260 pounds. By the season’s end, she dropped 155 pounds, weighing in at 105 pounds.

Jaws dropped when Rachel walked out on stage looking anorexic. Fans of the show thought things went too far. They were concerned that Rachael may be suffering from the eating disorders of anorexia or bulimia.

Dolvett Quince, Rachael’s trainer, was blamed for the way Rachael lost the weight. Other trainers and fans accused him of not monitoring Rachael properly. Perhaps this time, the contestants will have more supervision from their trainers so no one will be shocked when they walk out on stage on the season finale.

What do you think? Will Jennifer and Jessie add to "The Biggest Looser," or will the show be the same, but with different trainers?