On the heels of the announcement that Kirstie Alley and Jenny Craig were ending their three-year relationship, the
Cheers alumna came forth to reveal her plan to continue helping America fight its battle with the bulge. "My relationship with the Jenny Craig Company was nothing short of extraordinary. The people I worked with... were first-rate. The program spoke for itself as the world watched me lose 75 pounds," Alley says in a statement to
People. But with the weight-loss outfit now in the capable endorsing hands of Valerie Bertinelli and Queen Latifah - and Alley herself having "fallen into the position of 'accidental' role model for... millions of people out there losing weight by whatever means" - the former
Fat Actress is striking out on her own.
"I intend to develop and pilot my own weight-loss brand that I hope to launch in 2009," she says, explaining, "I'm confident that I can create something exciting and innovative [that] will help change a fat America back into a fit America." Hey, was that a dig at Ugly Betty?! Totally uncalled for.