Jillian Michaels has barked her last order on NBC’s The Biggest Loser.
On Friday, Michaels confirmed that she will bid adieu to the popular weight loss reality competition at the end of its current season to take some time off to concentrate on becoming a mom.
With the exception of a brief absence in 2006, Jillian has been a motivitional trainer with The Biggest Loser since the show’s inception. Now she’s convinced that the time is right for her to begin focusing more on her personal life –- and the possibility of starting a family.
“Season 11 of Biggest Loser will be my last 🙂 have to finish out my contract,” the hard-bodied trainer wrote in a post to her Twitter account on Dec. 7. “I want to take a year off TV and focus on becoming a mommy and doing more charity work,” she added.
The fitness guru revealed earlier this year that she suffers from endometriosis and Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome, conditions that make getting pregnant more difficult. But it seems as though she may have found an alternative method to motherhood. In an interview with Women’s Health in May 2010, Jillian, 36, revealed that she plans to become a parent through adoption.
“I’m going to adopt. I can’t handle doing that to my body,” she told the mag at the time.
Soap star Allison Sweeney, who replaced comediennce Caroline Rhea as host of The Biggest Loser early in the show’s run, say she wishes nothing but the best for her co-star.
“I love Jill. She’s an amazing trainer and an amazing person,” Allison told Zap2It.com on Friday. “I want her to be happy. I want what’s best for her.”
Jillian’s replacement has already been hired and is in the process of being trained into the new role by Michaels herself.
Jillian’s final season of The Biggest Loser premieres next month.