The daytime health talk show The Doctors premiered with some big changes last week. Fitness expert and tough-as-nails trainer Jillian Michaels walked out with the white coats last week and took her seat amongst the experts. Michaels plans to bring a unique perspective to the show.
As a personal trainer for 10 seasons of The Biggest Loser, Michaels gained quite a reputation. Michaels was quickly known as a no-nonsense trainer who gets amazing results. As she steps into daytime TV and out of the gym, it will be interesting to see what elements of the tough Jillian follow.
Michaels was recently interviewed by Everyday Health and explained how her role on the show will be to serve as a non-medical liaison. As she is not a doctor, she feels she can ask the questions just like a viewer at home would. Michaels also states that the daytime forum gives more of an opportunity to teach people how to be healthy.
“You’ve got to give them the steps. Daytime TV is the perfect medium for doing just that. It’s the best place to have these important conversations. It can uplift, entertain, inspire, inform, and really open up a dialogue.”
True to her style, Michaels will still be using the daytime forum to be very frank and deal with the tough issues.
“I want viewers to know that they have the power to take control of their own health and wellness and that this is something they need to be doing! I want to get to the bottom of why people aren’t taking the steps to be as healthy as possible. I want to know why they aren’t going to the doctor for their check-ups, why they aren’t getting that mammogram, why they aren’t getting their cholesterol tested.”
It is doubtful viewers will see her screaming at a guest as they do squats, but how can one as passionate as her completely leave that behind? Michaels explained how the new role is stretching her and teaching her another side of the industry.
“I’m learning everything from how to entertain five days a week without getting repetitive to how to function like a journalist and best convey facts to the public.”
While Michaels is not a doctor or a nutritionist, there’s no denying she’s got plenty of related field work under her belt. She will surely fit right in and contribute to another informative season of The Doctors.