"The Biggest Loser" trainer Jillian Michaels says she was stunned and called it "absurd on many different levels" that this past season's winner Rachel Frederickson weighed in at 105 pounds at the finale.
"How did the show fail her?" Michaels said of Frederickson in a phone interview late Tuesday with The Tennessean.
"It's obvious we believe she's too thin. It's absurd on many levels, for her and how this happened, and I'm concerned about why we weren't told."
Michaels, who rarely worked with Frederickson during the taping of the NBC television series this past season, said she has scheduled a meeting with show producers to talk about her concerns.
"The Biggest Loser" brings obese contestants together on a fitness/nutrition "ranch" for a weight-loss competition. Contestants spend the last several months of the contest at home without supervision from the show's trainers.
Frederickson, 24, started the season at 260 pounds, and she arrived at the finale earlier this month at 105 pounds. Cameras showed shocked looks on the faces of Michaels and fellow trainer Bob Harper, and the Internet blew up with comments that Frederickson looked too thin and lost too much weight.
Frederickson defended her weight loss to NBC's "Today" this morning, saying she is proud of her accomplishment. She said it was "absolutely healthy weight loss," the result of dieting and exercise over seven months, and that she is in maintenance mode now.
"You know, I did work so hard for the finale and finding myself again," she told "Today"'s Savannah Guthrie today. "I felt amazing on the stage. I felt like I shined in my dress. Then I got off the stage, and Twitter was all abuzz.
"I was (surprised), because I felt proud of everything I'd accomplished. My journey was my own, and I loved it; I lived it. So, I felt really proud of what I did."
A day earlier, Michaels described to The Tennessean her feelings about the finale results as, "I was furious on a bunch of different levels because I felt like, how did we not know? How did the show fail her?"
But she also urged people to keep perspective.
"There's good and bad in everything. What the show has done for millions of people who watched it, for the many, many contestants who've participated, for myself and for the many other people involved has been tremendous," Michaels said.
"At the same time, it's a competitive reality show. It's very clear this went way too far. I think there are a lot of answers that everyone including myself are waiting on. I have a meeting with the show's producers to discuss my concerns."
The health, wellness and fitness speaker brings her motivational "Maximize Your Life" tour to Nashville's Tennessee Performing Arts Center on March 15. Her show is at 8 p.m. in TPAC's James K. Polk Theater. Tickets range from $125-$25. Check for availability: www.tpac.org/shows