Anna Kournikova Is Not ‘The Biggest Loser’
Tennis star Anna Kournikova will not be returning to the next season of ‘The Biggest Loser.’ Whoops.
File under “It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time:” Anna Kournikova made headlines when she signed on back in May to host and act as trainer on The Biggest Loser—but now it’s been confirmed that she won’t be returning for the next season of the show.
The tennis star was brought on to the NBC reality weight loss series following Jillian Michael’s departure, and according to the Hollywood Reporter, it did, in fact, seem like a good idea at first: She’s attractive, camera friendly, and a major athlete. However, while she may be camera friendly, she’s not exactly people friendly—or at least, she wasn’t when it came to coaching the contestants.
Jillian Michaels was known for her soothing and encouraging style of coaching. Anna Kournikova, on the other hand, was actually described by a source on the show as “a nightmare.” She apparently didn’t sympathize at all with her contestants and had no patience for complaints about training being hard. In fact, she would often lecture them about her own difficult upbringing, essentially telling them to shut up and deal. This, perhaps unsurprisingly, didn’t sit well.
There’s a time and a place for tough love, but when it comes to reality TV geared towards topics like losing weight… well, these days, that’s not exactly it. Though it’s possible that if she wanted to go that route with her own show, she might end up being the Gordon Ramsay of the fitness world. Anna issued the following statement about her departure: “I enjoyed my time on the Biggest Loser ranch. Although I will not be returning as a full time trainer on season 13, I will always be a part of The Biggest Loser family and my commitment to bettering lives through health and fitness will continue.”
Tell us: What do you think? Could a Gordon Ramsay-style weight loss show featuring Anna Kournikova work?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.