08:07 PM EDT 09/11/2015
Originally posted 09/08/2015 12:00PM
Bob Harper is about to tackle The Biggest Loser from a whole new perspective.
"I'm super excited about taking the position of host on The Biggest Loser," Harper, 50, tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Harper, who has been with the NBC reality weight-loss competition since it debuted in 2004, is making the move from trainer to host after it was announced longtime host Alison Sweeney would not be returning for season 17.
Originally posted 01/11/2015 01:55PM
The star trainer's program includes intense workouts, all 35 minutes or less
Originally posted 09/13/2014 08:00AM
Tennis superstar Zina Garrison is used to being in charge.
Originally posted 02/07/2014 09:50AM
The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper admits he was shocked when he saw Rachel Frederickson walk out during Tuesday's finale and show off her exceedingly thin frame.
"I was stunned. That would be the word. I mean, we've never had a contestant come in at 105 lbs.," Harper says in an interview airing next Thursday on the Rachael Ray Show.
Frederickson, 24, started the show at 260 lbs. When she left as a finalist three months ago to work on losing weight at home, she weighed 150 lbs., and later lost 45 more.
Originally posted 02/05/2014 05:05PM
At The Biggest Loser finale, Rachel Frederickson stood proudly on the scale to show off her 155 lb.-weight loss.
But rather than be a cause for celebration, Frederickson, 24, and her transformation has sparked concern that the 5'4" contestant may have taken her weight loss too far.
Frederickson started the show at 260 lbs. and, as a finalist, left the ranch weighing 150 lbs. to work on losing weight at home on her own. By the finale about three months later she had shed another 45 lbs. and weighed in at 105 lbs. to a size 0/2.
"I just love myself and I am embracing it," Frederickson told PEOPLE on Tuesday night, seemingly unaware of the concern over her appearance.
Originally posted 12/16/2013 10:15AM
Biggest Loser contestant Bobby Saleem had lived with the stigma of obesity for years but it was another stigma – his shame over his sexual orientation – that weighed him down the most.
"I came from a background where for years I felt very ashamed about my sexuality," Saleem told reporters Wednesday. "I never really had a role model to look up to in my life."
But thanks to the mentoring he received on the ranch from trainer Bob Harper – who recently spoke publicly about his homosexuality – Saleem has not only lost 135 lbs. but has become more comfortable about living his life as an openly gay man.
Originally posted 11/27/2013 01:20PM
Trainer Bob Harper has changed countless people's lives on The Biggest Loser, but his decision to come out publicly as a gay man could impact countless others.
"I haven't talked about my sexuality on this show ever," Harper, 48, said on the show's Tuesday episode. "I really do believe this is the right time."
That "right time" was influenced by his decision to encourage contestant Bobby Saleem to come out to his father, who was visiting his son at the ranch.
Originally posted 05/13/2013 02:00PM
The Biggest Loser trainer and Jumpstart to Skinny author gives us a peek into his kitchen – and his healthy diet
Originally posted 02/04/2013 07:30PM
"He's just like me. I'm like,'You were supposed to be like Heidi!' But he's not," the Biggest Loser trainer jokes to PEOPLE
Originally posted 01/22/2013 08:30AM
Alison Sweeney hosts NBC's The Biggest Loser and is the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, in addition to being an author, director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past two seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter @Ali_Sweeney.
Can you imagine if Bob Harper surprised you at dinner or if Dolvett Quince walked into your classroom? How would you react?
Watching the kids's reactions to Bob, Jillian and Dolvett surprising them was priceless.
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