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Jillian Michaels is leaving 'The Biggest Loser'

Michaels Jillian Michaels, the tyrant trainer with a heart, is leaving "The Biggest Loser."

The 11th season, which starts in January, will be her last, she said. What do you think Michael's departure will mean for the show and its ratings? Is this like Simon Cowell leaving "American Idol"? Or does the emotional resonance of "The Biggest Loser" transcend the trainers? (Don't panic. Bob Harper isn't going anywhere. At least not yet.) 

Michaels' departure was not supposed to be revealed until Monday, when the network was planning to name the Season 11 contestants. But, as anyone who has dealt with Michaels know, there's no muzzling Jillian. She announced it herself on her Twitter account: "season 11 of Biggest Loser will be my last :) have to finish out my contract."

Also via Twitter, Michaels said she plans to take a year off, do more charity work and "focus on becoming a mommy." She added that her summer TV series, "Losing It," played a role in her decision. That show saw her traveling the country, moving in with families and helping them live more healthful lives. "Living with kids I saw firsthand what I was missing," she tweeted.

Executives declined to comment Friday on the departure. But Michaels said -- also via Twitter -- that a new trainer was on the way and that she would spent her final season helping to launch the new trainer.

— Rene Lynch

Photo: Jillian Michaels. Photo credit: Katie Falkenberg / For the Los Angeles Times.

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Jillian Michaels is leaving the show because her lack of credentials is catching up with her. Take the money and run!

Jillian Michaels does appear angry and mad at the world; my first impression of her is that I would never want her to train me for anything. People in general have the tendency to act out when their unhappy with themselves. Exercise and eating healthy is suppose to be or become a way of life. It doesn't require someone screaming at you or name calling in order to motivate you. I exercise everyday simply because I choose to I'm 5ft.7in. and weigh 110lbs; my goal is to take care of myself and live a long healthy life.

I LOVE Jillian! She is awesome, wups but and is tough! She really motivates the contestants and tells them off, which makes them see reality. My jaw would drop if Bob did that! (Because he's never done it in his life!) Also, I didn't know Jillian was into horses or had a horse, or liked horses!? See photo. But anyways, my mom is an exercise maniac and she has tons of Jillian's workouts and she is now ripped! Not in a gross way, but in an awesome way! Thanks Jillian for everything, and keep going strong girl! <3 u!

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