Jillian Michaels on her “Losing it” show: “I got bullied & threatened into it”

I’m not a fan of former “Biggest Loser” trainer Jillian Michaels, but I’m starting to admire her ability to talk smack. Last year, when starting her own weight loss reality show called “Losing it with Jillian Michaels,” Michaels said that we’d see if she could do a better job than “Biggest Loser.” She’s complained in the past that the game show aspect of “Biggest Loser” was potentially detrimental to obese contestants’ health, and that she “hates it.” “I hate every second of it. ‘Biggest Loser’ and I have a love-hate thing. I love what it does for the contestants, I hate the process.” Well Michaels didn’t end up liking her own show much, either. She has an interview with this month’s Prevention Magazine where she says that she was pressured into an accelerated filming schedule that wasn’t beneficial to the overweight people whose lives she was trying to change. Jillian’s show was canceled after one season and now she’s moving on to participate in “The Doctors”

The One Thing She’ll Miss About Biggest Loser:
I’m going to miss one thing about Biggest Loser, and that’s Bob. Period. I mean I’m still going to be working with people who need help getting healthy or need help losing weight, or whether it’s through my books, DVDs, podcast….or even segments on The Doctors or Dr Phil, but there’s one thing about Biggest Loser that’s irreplaceable, and that’s Bob.

What she learned from ‘Losing it with Jillian’:
I learned never to go against my gut instinct, I think the show had really good intentions, I think in its inception it was a great idea, but it was rushed and botched and squeezed into an impossible schedule. The show was literally picked up three weeks before we were about to start shooting it and we had no show runner…I do what I do, but I don’t produce television…I knew it was wrong, I knew it was wrong the entire time, I knew it wasn’t ready. They were casting people that were 300-400 pounds and saying ‘ok you have six weeks’ and I was saying you can’t take people on this journey and come back and people are going to look the same after only 6 weeks. And I got bullied and threatened into it…lesson is…if you know it’s wrong…be strong enough to put your foot down.

[From Prevention, November, 2011 print edition received via e-mail]

I’m sure that plenty of reality shows are like what Michaels is describing; they’re rushed and pushed and the participants feel steamrolled into something that they weren’t able to prepare for. There are shooting schedules, some sort of plot needs to be built up, and producers have an angle they’re going for that’s not always reflected in reality. It’s rare that people complain about it, though, as they have careers to consider and they don’t want to burn bridges. Not Michaels, though. I wonder what she’ll have to say about The Doctors in a few months.

Also, Michaels is in the process of adopting a baby from the Congo. It’s been such a long and difficult process for her that she advises people to consider fostering a child int he US. “I regret saying this now, but I think for anyone pursuing this [I’d advise them] to explore foster care in this country. In the US, you get your referral, you bring the kid home. They’re already American citizens. I don’t want to tell people to adopt internationally – but I’ve learned that you’ve got to have tremendous patience and financial resources because it’s going to cost a lot of money. If you don’t have those two things, go domestic.” Surely if she did foster a child she’d be complaining about that, too.





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  1. missie says:

    I like her. No bullsh**.
    I miss her on biggest loser….Anna is just way too sweet and nice.

  2. aenflex says:

    I don’t love her at all. In fact I don’t like the hyper-fit thing, but that just an opinion. But I like that she wants to be a mom, call me old fashioned, but that warms her to me. (a little)

  3. erin says:

    hate that woman with a purple passion. she is rude, disgusting and i wouldnt take her advice to save my life. i did buy her vids and such about a year ago. she half a**es through her own workout stuff. bugh.

  4. Rio says:

    I never understood why she was always considered the “tough” trainer. I watched most of the earlier seasons of BL and all her “Losing It” episodes, and she never came across as a bitch or anything, but rather genuinely concerned. Of course, that might be personal styles– I’m no gym rat but in the past I’ve much preferred using trainers and teachers who set definites rather than being wishy-washy.

  5. Sherri says:

    I like her – she’s not sugary sweet . . she says things that may not ‘sound’ perfect – I like that . . .I’d rather someone complain about something that they had difficulty with – than sugar coat everything.

  6. Kimbob says:

    She’s a whiner, for sure. But…she doesn’t mince words…ya gotta like that…or at least, I do.

  7. gee says:

    She’s an idiot, I can’t stand her.

  8. Samigirl says:

    I really don’t like her, but I like that she is (now) advocating for domestic adoption. Adoption is wonderful in all forms, but there are SO many American children that need homes and opportunities too!

  9. the original bellaluna says:

    Is there anything she doesn’t complain about?

    As far as fostering or adopting in the US: yes. There are plenty of abused, starving, starved-for-love kids right here in our own country.

    (But it does give pause as to how Madonna seemed to adopt her two kids so “easily.”)

  10. C-DUB says:

    I brought her “30 Day Shred” workout and it was awesome! I had a bridesmaid dress to get into and it whipped me right into shape in only 30 mins a day!

    Only if my lazy butt would have kept up with.

  11. lucy2 says:

    I listen to her podcast (free on itunes), and like her so much better on that than on the shows. She’s talked about the TV shows a bit there, and it does sound like the producers weren’t that interested in doing the weight loss stuff the right way.

  12. gg says:

    She’s a terrible bully herself. Do not like.

  13. RovingLass says:

    Don’t like her at all. ugh.

  14. neema says:

    She’s rocking some serious EMF.

    No, not electro magnetic field, Epic Man Face.

  15. Jayna says:

    I loved biggest loser with Jillian and Bob. They worked. I’ve lost interest now.

  16. Jag says:

    Can’t stand her and hope that she’s nicer to her child than she is to the general public during interviews. I feel for that kid.

    As for her being on The Doctors, I stopped watching that show when she started appearing on it. Every show, I was changing the channel, so eventually it wasn’t even worth trying. The show was getting annoying with everyone talking over one-another, rather than answering the questions posed, but nothing is worse than Jillian, imo.

  17. Grandizer says:

    Jillian was one half of the show.
    Sorry but Anna just does not cut it. I never knew being a pro athlete made you capable of training others. It doesn’t.
    Anna is the eye candy that they brought in this year, somewhat like the trainer a few years ago that lasted a short time as well.
    Great to look at, and some skills, but a Bob or a Jillian??? No way.

    On saying that, I hate with a passion her need to rip someone apart personally… Don’t get me wrong, I understand that emotions and past actions and conditions can have been the motivation for people to gain the weight, but most people need time to work out those feelings and the show does not provide that time. So Jillian has to yell and scream to get those feelings out.
    I am Sooooo Glad I DVR the show and then watch it part way through. That way I get to FF through the touchy feelie sessions she has…

  18. guilty pleasures says:

    I like and respect her, she always sought the root of the problem for the people on BL, and does Bob (HATE Bob’s current hilter look hair though!).
    Jillian is beautiful, looks like my sis in law 20 years ago. She seems to care deeply about the people and the process, not just the production. She apparently used to have a weight problem herself hence understands the underlying issues.
    She’s not a bully, she’s a motivator, when one gets off the rails it takes some serious help to get shoved back on track!
    Good luck with the baby, and to the person who intimated that she would be tough on the baby the way she is with clients, seriously? You seem really stunned to say something like that!

  19. Nastya says:

    I love Jillian very much! She has such a bright personality!!! I will always admire her, her points of view as for life and her amazing workouts which bring such a wonderful result!!! LORD BLESS HER! :) :*

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