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Alison Sweeney: Life After Days 'Feels Crazy'

Alison Sweeney: Life After Days 'Feels Crazy'

Originally posted 07/24/2014 08:30AM

Ever since she was 16, Alison Sweeney often logged 12 hour days, five days a week on the set of Days of Our Lives.

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Jillian Michaels Reveals Why She Really Left Loser

Jillian Michaels Reveals Why She Really Left The Biggest Loser

Originally posted 07/15/2014 12:00PM

After 10 years motivating contestants towards their weight-loss goals on NBC's The Biggest Loser, fitness guru and star trainer Jillian Michaels has herself thrown in the towel on the reality show. But why?

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Jillian Michaels Is Leaving The Biggest Loser – Again | Jillian Michaels

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Jillian Michaels Is Leaving The Biggest Loser – Again

Originally posted 06/25/2014 04:15PM

When The Biggest Loser returns this fall, it'll be missing one familiar face.

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Inside Alison Sweeney's Surprise Days of Our Lives Retirement Party

Inside Alison Sweeney's Surprise Days of Our Lives Retirement Party

Originally posted 06/03/2014 05:15PM

Crying on cue isn't hard for a soap opera star. But for Alison Sweeney, who celebrated her last day on set of Days of Our Lives last week, not crying was the issue.

After nearly 22 years playing fan favorite Sami Brady, Sweeney officially retired from the show last week, but not before one last scene.

"All of a sudden I'm walking out on stage and there's this huge crowd of people," Sweeney, 37, tells PEOPLE of the surprise send-off members of the cast and crew put together for her. "I realized they were gathering for me. It was so amazing and so touching and special."

And it was emotional. After seeing some cast members she'd worked with back when she started the show as a teenager, "It was hard to keep it together," says Sweeney. "My kids [Benjamin, 9, and Megan, 5] were there, so I feel like that helped me avoid the ugly cry. But I totally had tears streaming down my face."

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Jillian Michaels Wants Off The Biggest Loser | Jillian Michaels

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Jillian Michaels Wants Off The Biggest Loser

Originally posted 04/07/2014 07:25PM

Jillian Michaels may be on the market soon – according to a source, The Biggest Loser's famed trainer wants to quit the show.

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The Biggest Loser's Rachel Frederickson Debuts a Healthier Look

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Rachel Frederickson Debuts a Healthier Look

Originally posted 02/26/2014 05:15PM

Rachel Frederickson has admitted she was "too enthusiastic" as she trained for the Biggest Loser finale, during which she shocked viewers with her 105-lb. frame.

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Biggest Loser's Rachel Frederickson Calls Backlash 'Overwhelming'

Inside PEOPLE's Interview with Biggest Loser Rachel Frederickson

Originally posted 02/14/2014 01:35PM

As a contestant on The Biggest Loser, Rachel Frederickson bared her 260-lb. body in nothing but a sports bra and shorts, shared her heartache about a bad breakup and fought her way through dozens of grueling workouts.

Still, nothing could have prepared the 24-year-old voice-over actress for the tidal wave of criticism and scrutiny that has engulfed her since revealing her 155-lb. weight loss on the reality show’s Feb. 4 finale.

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Biggest Loser's Rachel Frederickson: Finding Balance Will Be 'Tricky'

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Biggest Loser's Rachel Frederickson: Finding Balance Will Be 'Tricky'

Originally posted 02/13/2014 07:50AM

A week before the Biggest Loser finale, Rachel Frederickson admits she was working out upwards of six hours a day and eating 1,600 calories with no inkling of the whirlwind of controversy that would surround her dramatic weight-loss reveal.

"I got my butt in the gym because, I said, 'This is the last week. You better be working out,' " the voiceover actress, 24, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview three days after the Feb. 4 finale. "So I didn't take any jobs and I worked out an extra couple hours."

But now $250,000 richer, Frederickson is ready to put the critical comments about her 105-lb. figure behind her and adjust to life after the ranch.

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Biggest Loser's Rachel Frederickson: I Was 'Too Enthusiastic' with Training

Biggest Loser Winner Rachel Frederickson to PEOPLE: I Was 'Too Enthusiastic' with Training

Originally posted 02/12/2014 08:00AM



When Rachel Frederickson revealed her new, size 0-2 figure on the Feb. 4 finale of NBC's The Biggest Loser, she thought she would wow friends, family and viewers – and maybe win the title of Biggest Loser.

She did win, but the 24-year-old voice actress also ignited a firestorm of controversy about her dramatically slimmed-down figure, down to 105 lbs. from her starting weight of 260 lbs. (At 5'4", her height-weight ratio puts her BMI at 18, below the threshold doctors consider normal.)

Sitting down with PEOPLE in Los Angeles, just days after she made headlines for her striking transformation, Frederickson says she maintained a 1,600-calorie daily diet, working out six hours a day in the three months before the finale.

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Jennifer Hudson on Weight Loss: 'You Can't Let Everyone Overshadow What You Want'

Jennifer Hudson on Weight Loss: 'You Can't Let Everyone Overshadow What You Want'

Originally posted 02/10/2014 10:00AM

The Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson has been in the spotlight with her dramatic weight loss, and one person who can commiserate is Jennifer Hudson.

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