When you watch The Biggest Loser you see people finally getting to achieve their goals of being healthy with help from the best trainers in the country. One of those trainers, Jillian Michaels, was with the show from the start. She has since left the show and is now opening up on exactly what drove her to leave. It was a hard decision but in the end she felt that it was the right thing to do.
Michaels was portrayed as the trainer who gave a lot of tough love on the first few seasons. She had a harder approach than the other trainer, Bob Harper. In the first few seasons you saw her pushing the contestants with her tough love style but you also saw her build amazing relationships with them. You could see that she truly cared for the people that she was helping and that they cared for her as well. In the later seasons however Michaels feels that she has been portrayed poorly thanks to creative editing.
In the last few seasons since Michaels returned from a brief hiatus from the show, the drill sergeant personality was shown while in the gym with the people that she was trying to help, but none of the relationships were. Viewers saw less and less of Michaels connecting with the people that she was training and instead mostly saw the parts where she was yelling at them while on exercise equipment. Michaels said that there were a lot of great relationships and a lot of love that no one ever got to see.
Michaels was under fire last season when the contestant who won the show had dropped 60% of her body weight and looked thoroughly unhealthy. Even Michaels and Harper had looks of horror on their faces when she stepped out for the last time on the stage. Michaels said that after that happened she realized that she needed to take a step back and evaluate what she was doing.