Jillian Michaels Will Return to 'The Biggest Loser'

After taking time off to become a mom, the tough-as-nails trainer is returning to primetime in January

After two years away, Jillian Michaels is returning to The Biggest Loser. Watch her make the announcement on the Today show: 

The 38-year-old trainer announced back in December 2010 that she would be done after the 11th season of the weight-loss competition, but now it has been confirmed that she'll return in January when The Biggest Loser enters its 14th season. At the time, she explained her departure by saying, "I want to take a year off TV and focus on becoming a mommy and doing more charity work."

Next year, the series will start tackling childhood obesity, allowing contestants ages 13 to 17 to compete alongside adults. Reports claim that the teens won't be weighed on public broadcast and won't be eliminated from the show, though. It seems as though the focus will instead be on positively reinforcing losing weight.

There's been a big change in Michaels' life since she left The Biggest Loser two years ago. She and her partner Heidi Rhoades welcomed two children in May: Lukenisa (pictured), 2, who they adopted from Haiti, and Phoenix, who Rhoades gave birth to in May.

"It's been an incredible ride," Michaels told Al Roker on Today this morning. "I'm still adjusting obviously and I don't know that I'll ever fully be adjusted to it, but there's nothing like it. It brings a whole new level of meaning to your life."

She added, "I'm not going to pretend like it's not a challenge. There are days when I am definitely tearing out my hair."

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