Trainer Jillian Michaels is leaving “The Biggest Loser,” marking the third time she has left the NBC weight-loss reality show, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker.
“There were no immediate details on who might replace her as the show continues to struggle in the ratings,” the story notes.
In a statement, the network said, “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."
The publication said it wasn’t able to reach Michaels for comment.
The story adds: “But she has been increasingly at odds with the show that helped make her one one of the biggest — and richest — names in fitness.” The piece cites Michaels' view that the show’s focus on story lines was glossing over messages about fitness and health.
Earlier this year, an issue arose in which Michaels was accused of giving competitors caffeine supplements, an assertion she denied. She was also upset when a finalist showed up in what the article calls “shockingly thin condition,” with her reaction captured on camera, raising questions about how well the show monitored the finalist’s weight, the piece adds.