Hold Up: What Did Jillian Michaels Accuse Oprah of Doing??

Oprah Winfrey (L), Jillian Michaels (R)
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Oprah Winfrey (L), Jillian Michaels (R)

Fitness expert Jillian Michaels is throwing shade at Oprah Winfrey, accusing her of benefiting financially from using Ozempic to drop pounds.

The Queen of Talk has slayed red carpets lately, showing off a new, slimmed-down physique. After initially suggesting that getting a boost from drugs like the popular type 2 diabetes medication Ozempic would be the “easy way out,” the multi-hyphenate media mogul recently admitted to including an unnamed medication in her regimen.

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“If I believed in it, I would be capitalizing on it like every other diet trend. Trust me, I gain nothing by telling you I don’t like it,” she said. “My job is to educate people so that they can make the best decision for themselves. And that’s it.”

This isn’t the first time Michaels has had something to say about a Black woman’s weight. In 2020, she said this about Lizzo:

“Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? That’s what I’m saying, like, why aren’t we celebrating her music? Cuz it isn’t gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes. I’m just being honest.”

Winfrey’s weight loss journey has played out publicly for most of her career. The media mogul, who at her heaviest weighed 237 pounds, told PEOPLE she’s been using a holistic approach, including regular exercise and lifestyle changes since her 2021 knee surgery.

She added that after the “Oprah Daily” panel discussion on weight, she made a conscious decision to stop blaming herself for being overweight and consulted her doctor about using medication to help.

“I had an awareness of [weight-loss] medications, but felt I had to prove I had the willpower to do it. I now no longer feel that way,” she said. “The fact that there’s a medically approved prescription for managing weight and staying healthier, in my lifetime, feels like relief, like redemption, like a gift, and not something to hide behind and once again be ridiculed for. I’m absolutely done with the shaming from other people and particularly myself.”

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