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Al Roker's "Intense" Defense of Keto Confused Jillian Michaels: "You'd Think I Told Him There Was No God"

Jillian Michaels is opening up about the feud her Keto diet comments triggered with "sweet" Al Roker.

By Alesandra Dubin
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After celeb trainer Jillian Michaels made news for calling the controversial Keto diet just a "bad idea," a pack of celebs spoke out to passionately defend the diet — and criticize Michaels for her remarks. Among those was Al Roker, who jumped in to defend Keto, and characterize Michaels as "a woman who promoted on-camera bullying." 

Michaels responded generally to that group of celebs to TMZ, doubling down on her Keto opinions — and inviting her naysayers to go “toe to toe” in a debate.

Now, she’s opening up even more about how Roker’s response, in particular, surprised her.

“The weird thing about Al Roker is that I’ve been doing segments with this guy on the Today show for over a decade and he has never been anything but the nicest guy,” Michaels told People. She characterized him as “lovely” and “sweet,” dispensing hugs for her children when he saw them. 

“I know that he does Keto, and I get it, but you would think that I told him that there was no God,” Michaels told People. “It was really intense. I must admit, sometimes I want to say, ‘You realize that this is just an issue about nutrition, right? We’re not talking about Jesus, or Buddha, or Allah.'”

Indeed, it seems that the Keto diet has become a cultural touchpoint in a way that most weight-loss trends have never been. We investigated why Keto seems to make people so “emotional” — even “insane” — according to experts.

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