Jennifer Hudson, Weight Watchers Split After 4 Years, 80 Pounds

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Monday, 17 Mar 2014 08:30 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Jennifer Hudson is no longer a Weight Watchers spokeswoman after famously losing 80 pounds on the diet plan over the last four years.

Hudson, 32, rose to fame as a contestant on "American Idol" in 2004 and later made her mainstream breakthrough in 2006's "Dreamgirls," for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

The actress and singer signed on with Weight Watchers in 2010, but now the two are ending their professional relationship, People magazine reported.

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"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," Hudson said in a statement over the weekend. "My experience with Weight Watchers has truly been life changing. I am grateful for what I have learned throughout the process and will always take it with me."

The company also issued a statement about Hudson stepping down as a spokeswoman.

"After four years of a successful and rewarding partnership, Weight Watchers and Jennifer Hudson are ending our official partnership, though we're confident Jennifer will remain a Lifetime Member," a rep said.

"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," the statement continued. "We will continue to support Jennifer in maintaining her healthy lifestyle and wish her the very best in her personal and professional life."

Hudson detailed her weight loss journey in her 2012 autobiography, "I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down," and also opened up about it in an interview with People magazine last month.

"The key about losing weight: You have to do it for you," she said. "It's not about even starting the journey, it's about you. You have to want to do it. And you can't let what everyone has to say overshadow what you want for you."

Though Hudson's days as a Weight Watchers spokeswoman are done, the weight-loss program still has the star power of its other rep: Jessica Simpson.

Simpson, 33, premiered a new commercial last month in which she showed off her post-baby figure.

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