After four years as the spokesperson of Weight Watchers, Jennifer Hudson has made the decision to move on. The actress released a statement about a mutual decision to part ways, passing the torch to singer Jennifer Simpson.
“I have chosen to step away from my role as ambassador and I am excited for the year to come, with many new projects and lots of new music. My experience with Weight Watchers has truly been life changing. I am grateful for what I have learned through the process and will always take it with me.”
Hudson was inspired to lose weight in 2010 after putting on weight while pregnant. In 2011, Hudson told Ellen DeGeneres that she had gone from a size 16 to a size 16. By that summer, she was down to size 0.
32-year-old Hudson lost more than 80 pounds since joining Weight Watchers in 2010. She said that her transformation was complete in November 2012, telling Redbook that she was at the weight she wanted to be and had no more to lose.
In a 2012 Weight Watchers ad featuring Simpson and Hudson, Jennifer said, “I was overweight my whole life. I figured I was just born that way.” Simpson added that she has gone from one new diet to another, but Weight Watchers allows her to be herself.
A spokesperson for Weight Watchers added, “We’re confident Jennifer will remain a Lifetime Member. Jennifer’s healthy lifestyle and successful weight loss has inspired so many — from her friends and family to our members and staff, as well as people around the world — and we know that inspiration lives on.”
Weight Watchers will continue with current spokesperson Jessica Simpson, who joined the company in 2012. Simpson already lost more than 70 pounds after giving birth to her two-year-old daughter and continues to show off a slimmer figure since giving birth to her son in June 2013. Simpson took a break from Weight Watchers while pregnant with her second child after being hired for $4 million to represent the company.
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