Trainer Jillian Michaels leaving "Biggest Loser" show

Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:11pm EST
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By Bryan Alexander

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Biggest Loser" trainer Jillian Michaels announced on Friday that she is leaving NBC's weight-loss reality show at the end of the next season.

"Season 11 of Biggest Loser will be my last :) have to finish out my contract," Michaels said on her Twitter account.

Michaels has been a mentor on the program since 2004 and left in 2006, only to return to the show in dramatic fashion. Her decision to leave this time is for personal reasons.

"I want to take a year off TV and focus on becoming a mommy and doing more charity work," she Tweeted.

Michaels added that NBC has already found a female trainer replacement. "They already hired her," Michaels Tweeted. "Using my last season to help launch her in season 11."

A source familiar with the situation told The Hollywood Reporter that two new trainers have been added to the show and will be introduced on the season 11 debut in January. Their names will be announced next week.

The new trainers will be first glimpsed in next week's finale. The episode will preview some of the contestants in season 11 and reveal the new trainers in silhouette.

(Editing by Jill Serjeant)