Tennis ace Anna Kournikova is leaving popular NBC series The Biggest Loser, just two months after making her debut as a trainer on the show. The 30-year-old confirmed her departure in a statement to US Weekly magazine on Monday (November 14, 2011), saying she would not be returning for the 13th season.
Kournikova, the long-time partner of Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias, said, "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". The reasons for Anna's departure remain unclear, although a show source told the Hollywood Reporter she made waves behind the scenes after replacing Jillian Michaels, claiming she was "a nightmare" to work with and refused to sympathise with her overweight contestants. An insider on the Biggest Loser simply said, "It wasn't the right fit for her.Her exit was a mutual decision".
Kournikova hit the headlines in May 2011 after putting her seven-bedroom waterfront home in Miami Beach on the market for $9.4 million - fuelling rumors she plans to settle down with Iglesias. The property, located in the upmarket Sunset Island area, boasts an outdoor pool, outdoor kitchen and two storey guest house.