Jillian Michaels on Biggest Loser Return: Motherhood Hasn’t Made Me a Softie

Trainer talks new season of the show, says fans are in for a surprise

Jillian Michaels is back and, contrary to what some fans might have thought, she’s as tough as ever. Speaking to TV Guide about her return to The Biggest Loser, Michaels says viewers will be surprised to see that motherhood is yet to make her into a softie.

Michaels announced she was taking time off the show about two years ago but then, back in September last year, she was already breaking the news to her fans that she’d decided to come back.

With the new season premiered on TV this Sunday, Michaels is already keeping busy promoting it. Her interview with TV Guide should provide answers to all those questions the fans might have been struggling with since she left.

Like, for instance, why she came back.

“A year after I left, people on Facebook and Twitter were still like, ‘Please go back to The Biggest Loser!’ No matter what I do — and I do everything: radio shows, DVDs, books — there's something about the show that gets in people's heads in a way that other mediums just can't,” Michaels says.

“If this is what resonates with my audience the most, I can't get around that. I went to see Madonna in concert and she played all this new music. And everybody just wanted to hear ‘Holiday.’ I realized this is ‘Holiday’ for me,” she adds.

Now working on the current season, Michaels says fans of the show will have plenty of surprises in store, most of which she can’t detail (obviously).

Also here she includes the fact that the experience of being a mother has not made her any less strict as a trainer.

“Everybody was like, ‘You're going to be so much softer.’ And I really wanted to be, but it's not the case. I feel like aspects of my business and home life are being sacrificed for me to be here, and I need that sacrifice to be worth it. It's as bad as it's ever been. It's worse than it's ever been, actually,” she says with a smile.

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