Anna Kournikova Quits 'The Biggest Loser'

November 14, 2011 By:
Anna Kournikova Quits 'The Biggest Loser'

There's nothing that'll help you lose weight like having to look at Anna Kournikova's body day after day. Despite that fact, she's no longer going to be a part of the NBC series, The Biggest Loser .

Kournikova confirmed in a statement on Monday that she won't be returning for the show's 13th season.

"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," Kournikova told Us Weekly.

Kournikova replaced Jillian Michaels for season 12, and rumor has it that she was "a nightmare" to work with. She reportedly did not "sympathize with the overweight contestants." I mean, if you've seen one episode of the old seasons, Jillian Michaels was scary enough. Every time I picked up a cookie, I would hear Jillian Michael's voice yelling at me. So Anna Kournikova must've been frightening.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

"Kournikova did not sympathize with her overweight contestants, often telling them about her own tough upbringing when they complained about training being hard."

CONTESTANT: * Sniff * My boyfriend broke up with me * sniff * and it makes me want to eat pie.

ANNA: My mother gave birth to me without epidural in a puddle of gasoline in Soviet Russia. Now shutup and do your squats, fatty.

A source on the show called her "a nightmare" and said she wasn't the "life coach" she was supposed to be on the show.

An insider confirmed to Us Weekly that The Biggest Loser "wasn’t the right fit for [Anna]. [Her exit] was a mutual decision."

She did have a fan in at least one contestant, though. Joe Mitchell says he was inspired by the tennis star.

"Anna made me believe that I could [lose weight]," Mitchell says. "She drilled in our heads that the only person you can really rely on is yourself."

Mitchell was sent back home to Knoxville after getting voted off of the show by his fellow contestants.

"I don’t hold grudges," he said. "I was a threat and I understand that." He says that now, he's learned to make better decisions when it comes to food:

"I plan my day before it begins so I don’t have to make quick decisions about what to eat. I had a piece of cake at my son's birthday party. But I planned for it. I got in an extra five to ten minutes of cardio so I could enjoy the cake and not feel guilty."