Jillian Michaels claims Biggest Loser made her look "harsh"

Jul 16, 2014 at 3:25 p.m. ET
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Jillian Michaels revealed why she really left The Biggest Loser and said she did not like how the show portrayed her as an overly tough trainer to the contestants.

After leaving the popular weight-loss reality series for the second time, there were many rumors as to why she really quit again. So, the fitness professional wanted to make sure fans know she does not think she's "too big for the show," or that she wants something better.

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But, while she is very "grateful to the show and so sad to leave," Michaels also had some legitimate reasons as to why she had to exit. The fitness guru admitted that "there were some fundamental differences" between her and producers that were there for some time.

"In the beginning of the show it was tough love," Michaels told People magazine. But in more recent episodes she was seen as being more harsh, and said that "you saw none of the relationships, none of the bonds that I build with my clients," she went on.

Because of this, "millions of people have this warped negative perception of me," she explained, adding that it was all starting to affect her home life with partner Heidi Rhoades and their two small children. Commentators would question her ability to be a mom and even went as far as calling her "abusive."

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A turning point happened when one of her daughter's little friends said that Michaels is a cheater because she "saw it on TV." And then, when last season's winner, Rachel Frederickson, looked overly skinny at the finale, Michaels realized she had to do something.

"I came to the conclusion that moving forward, I need to be able to have an impact on the outcome of what I do," Michaels said adding that she needed to take a "hard look" at her work from this point on.