'The Biggest Loser': Jillian Michaels admits Rachel Frederickson 'lost too much weight'
Michaels, who was visibly disturbed by Frederickson's 155 pound loss when it was revealed live during the show's Feb. 4 finale, yet only issued a perfunctory non-statement statement in the immediate aftermath, now admits she had no idea the transformation would be that extreme.
"Nobody told me, like, 'Oh, hey, Rachel is very, very thin.' Bob [Harper] and I had no idea," Michaels tells HuffPost Live. "Nobody had told us. Nobody had said anything to us. So yes, I was stunned. Obviously, I thought she had lost too much weight."
In Michaels' estimation, Frederickson somehow fell through the cracks in the gap period between filming at the ranch and the finale. "I was immediately concerned and wondering how this happened," she says. "In my opinion this had failed through those checks and balances."
In the end, Michaels feels that Frederickson's massive weight loss is a manifestation of the same emotional issues that caused her to gain weight in the past.
"With that said, anybody who gains too much weight or loses too much weight, ironically these are manifestations of the same issue," she claims. "It simply means that somebody is utilizing their relationship with food to manage emotions that are painful, hard, difficult to face or control."
Frederickson's trainer on the show, Dolvett Quince, issued a statement right after the finale, asking fans to not jump to conclusions, promising that the winner's "journey to good health" was still ongoing. Frederickson herself has admitted that she may have been "too enthusiastic" in her training after leaving the ranch, but she insists that "it was absolutely healthy weight loss."