Since last fall when Jillian Michaels announced she was leaving Biggest Loser, the big question has been “what’s next?” for her. No doubt, her 10 seasons on the Biggest Loser have helped launch a credible fitness empire, and it’s sure to be a springboard on the way to a lengthy career.
Well, today, the news was announced and the question answered: Jillian Michaels will join the cast of The Doctors as a co-host in a “multi-year deal,” according to Deadline.com. We reached out to Jillian’s rep and she confirmed “Yes, it’s true.”
In addition, Jillian posted this message for her Facebook fans, an announcement she teased 12 hours prior.
“So as promised… here is the big news. I can’t wait to be with you guys 5 days week on an uplifting, informative, entertaining platform where we can have share a more intimate relationship with one another. I’m excited! Hope you are too!”
The Doctors isn’t the end of the story, though. She’ll also be working with Dr. Phil as a special correspondent.
“This was an opportunity to do something that I love and help so many people, so I couldn’t possibly pass it up,” said Jillian. It’s a somewhat natural fit considering the numerous appearances she’s made on the show in its three seasons.
She’s looking forward to viewers and fans seeing a more “360-degree version” of herself, and less of the trainer character she’s developed on Biggest Loser.
“I could not be more excited about joining such an amazing show! My greatest passion is helping people live their healthiest, happiest lives by empowering them with information and support,” Jillian said in a press release.
The Doctors’ creator and executive producer Jay McGraw, son of Dr. Phil, said of the show’s most popular guest, “Jillian Michaels is the perfect addition to The Doctors team. She not only embraces our mission to supply viewers with critical information to make informed and intelligent health care decisions, but more importantly, she leads by example.”
There is no doubt Jillian will continue to grow her fitness brand; the most recent addition is the release of her new book Unlimited.
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May 6th, 2011