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After One Season, Anna Kournikova Leaves Biggest Loser: Confirms That She Wont Be Back For Season Thirteen
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After One Season, Anna Kournikova Leaves Biggest Loser: Confirms That She Wont Be Back for Season Thirteen

Anna Kournikova was brought to the set of the hit NBC series, the Biggest Loser in Season Ten to help with a tennis related challenge so it was not a huge shock that she was brought in as a full time coach in Season Twelve. But, Kournikova, brought in to replace the departing Jillian Michaels failed to make the impact that producers had hoped she would.

In the former tennis star's defense, the athletic shoes she was called in to fill were big ones. Jillian Michaels, the tough love trainer from the start, has become a household name, even for those who are not regular viewers of the show. She is now responsible for a multimillion dollar fitness empire of books, DVDS, exercise equipment and supplements. But, while she was tough and no nonsense, she spoke from experience, reminding contestants that she had once been overweight. The same could not be said for Kournikova who had trouble relating to the contestants, some severely overweight.

Staffers from the show are coming forward to say that Kournikova was a "nightmare" to work with and some of the contestants found her a little hard to take as well. Several complained that when there was a tough challenge she would talk to them about her own struggles, none of which had anything to do with being overweight at all.

Not everyone was thrilled with the producer's decision to add Kournikova to the show before the season began with some complaining that the show was going for the looks factor rather than for someone who was really going to make a difference in the lives of people who desperately needed the help of the show. Other critics questioned the credentials of the former tennis player who was listed as a "certified" personal trainer but that could not be documented from any official source. She did release a fitness DVD which had lukewarm sales, mainly for curiosity and nothing else.

A press release for Kournikova acknowledged that she was leaving the show at the end of the season but stated that she would remain " a part of the Biggest Loser family" but gave no further details or reasons for the decision. NBC is not speculating who might be brought in to replace Kournikova if the series comes back or another season. Whether Kournikova will actually be called in for guest spots on the show or not has also not been discussed.


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