Jillian Michaels leaving Biggest Loser for a third time

Original Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels has left the show, marking her third exit. NBC said only in a statement that “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.”

While there was no reason given for her exit, told Us Weekly last month, “The problem with Biggest Loser is that it’s become such a cartoon of me and it’s also–you maybe see what I’ve done in 10 days, you maybe see 5 minutes of it. And of course, the 5 minutes that they’re going to show is going to be the most sort of crazy, off the wall 5 minutes.”

Earlier, after season 15 winner Rachel Fredrickson lost a frightening amount of weight, Jillian and Bob said they were “not comfortable commenting.”

Jillian previously quit in 2010 to have a child, and after season three because of the editing.

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