Controversy trailed Season 13 of NBC’s reality competition “The Biggest Loser.” The conversation centered on winner Rachel Frederickson and the notion that perhaps she lost too much weight, sending a negative message to young women. The methods that Frederickson used to shed the 155 pounds were also questioned.
Jillian Michaels did not work with Frederickson and thus has not commented on the stunning transformation, but the portrayal of Michaels and her future involvement with the show have also been topics of conversation.
“I don’t know yet,” Michaels said on “Ralphie Tonight,” in an interview that aired Monday night. Michaels had called in last week to promote her “Maximize Your Life” tour stop at the Beacon Theatre in New York. “In life, there’s good and bad in everything and everyone. But ultimately, at the end of the day, I will always be grateful to that show because it has afforded me to connect on such an intimate level with so many people.”
Michaels also mentioned that her tour would not be possible without “Biggest Loser,” but seemed to reference it in the past tense.
“I’m thrilled to have been a part of it,” she continued. “You know I can’t say what the future holds right now. But as soon as there is news, I will shout it from the mountaintops.”
There are two dates left on the “Maximize Your Life” tour. Michaels also recently wrapped up a cover shoot for Shape Magazine. To get herself in top shape for the shoot, the trainer partook in a regimen that shunned sugar and alcohol.
“I really enjoy working with (Shape),” she said. “They’re a great magazine and a really good partner to work with, and I think we share the same kind of message of empowerment for women.”
It is a message that Michaels shared to audiences across the country on her tour, one she will surely continue to stump behind. But as to whether the trainer will be promoting that message on TV? Stay tuned.
NEW KIDS RUN THE MARATHON
They have been around the block. Last week, they took a stroll through their city.
Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block ran the 2014 Boston Marathon. Both finished in less than four hours. McIntyre clocked in at three hours and 48 minutes; Wood crossed the finish line in three hours and 50 minutes.
The jaunt was McIntyre’s sophomore effort. He ran his first Boston Marathon last year and completed the 26.2 mile race in the sub-4-hour mark that time as well. McIntyre runs to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s disease, which his mother suffers from.
Meanwhile, McIntyre’s bandmate participated in his first ever Boston Marathon this year. Wood, perhaps always the most physically fit of NKOTB, averaged an 8 minute and 47 second mile. His fundraising benefited Remember Betty, a nonprofit that helps breast cancer patients.
“I did it!” Wood tweeted after the race. “So proud of Joe Mac, he crushed it! And thanks to all the BH’s cheering along the way!”
Those Blockheads used the hashtags #RunDannyRun and #RunJoeyRun to cheer on each singer and help them raise money for their respective charities.
“I’m gonna celebrate this one!!! 3:48:11 - thank u guys!!!” McIntyre wrote in the caption of an Instagram photo he posted after the race, a selfie that included his newly-earned medal.
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