Tough-as-nails trainer Jillian Michaels took a break from the past two seasons of NBC's “The Biggest Loser,” but HLN confirms the new mother of two is coming back to the weight loss show's 14th season -- and that’s not the only surprise!
Michaels, who was featured on the show as a trainer for 10 seasons, announced on the "Today" show that not only will she be returning for the upcoming season, but that the show will be tweaking its tried-and-true format to tackle one of the leading health problems in the U.S.: childhood obesity.
In a sitdown with Al Roker, Michaels said, "There are going to be three teenagers on each team. They're not going to be on the ranch, and they're not going to be competing. It's obviously something that needs to be handled with kid gloves, but it's something that needs to be handled."
The personal trainer and new mom also reveals that having children helped her realize how important the topic of childhood obesity is, saying that the show has taken extra care to deal with the issue in the most appropriate way possible with the help of top experts.
"For example, we won't be saying things to kids like, 'How much weight did you lose?' It's about getting them healthy, using words like 'healthy.' We won't be getting them on a scale; it's about getting them on a softball team -- things like that. We're very cognizant of how touchy it is, how controversial it is,” she explained.
Michaels will be coaching a team of teenagers on the show alongside other show trainers Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince. “That's right where I want to be, right in the sweet spot, right in the frying pan. I couldn't miss an opportunity to be part of it."