Bob Harper has been named host of the NBC weight loss competition The Biggest Loser.
Harper, 50, has been a trainer on the show for more than a decade and takes over the reigns from actress Alison Sweeney.
‘I’m super excited about taking the position of host,’ Harper tells People.com. ‘I know all of the ins and outs [of the show]. And let me tell you, the weigh-in room is going to be a completely different ballgame with me at the steering wheel.’
Harper came out publicly on an episode of the show in 2013 while he was working with a gay contestant who had not yet come out to his father.
‘I thought it was really important for me to come out,’ he told Gay Star News last year. ‘I’d been on my show for so many seasons and I had never found a relevant time to talk about it until I had a gay person on the show who was really, really suffering with a lot of self-loathing. I just wanted him to know that it’s okay to be gay and I decided I needed to come out at that moment and it’s been great ever since.’
He added: ‘People have been very supportive – mostly. It’s been nice. The more upfront and honest you can be with the public, the more welcoming they are.’
This has been reposted from Gay Star News.