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Trainer Bob Harper Comes Out as Gay on 'The Biggest Loser': VIDEO

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The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper came out of the closet as a gay man for the first time on his show to help out a contestant named Bobby who was struggling with his own family.

Said Harper: "I haven’t talked about my sexuality on this show ever. And now, meeting Bobby, I really do believe this is the right time. I want to show Bobby that he doesn’t have to live in shame. When I came out, when I was 17 years old, it was one of those things where I realized that there was going to be so many obstacles, but being gay doesn’t mean being weak. And being gay doesn’t mean that you are less than anybody else. It’s just who you are.”

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Harper later went on Twitter to thank his followers: "THANK YOU to everyone that supported my decision to talk about being gay w/ Bobby. I felt like it was appropriate & necessary. LOVE Y'ALL!!"

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  1. Not being a smartass, but when was he ever "in" the closet?

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Nov 27, 2013 9:38:02 AM


  2. GOOD FOR HIM! I never realized he was "in" - but then again, talking about it on the show is something of a step forward.

    Posted by: C.J. | Nov 27, 2013 9:38:36 AM


  3. And the sky is blue.

    Posted by: S. | Nov 27, 2013 9:41:22 AM


  4. The piano music!

    Posted by: ZWEEGAS | Nov 27, 2013 9:42:52 AM


  5. Yes, I never thought he was in, but I love Bob so good for him.

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 27, 2013 9:46:09 AM


  6. He was never 'IN" in the first place, but nice to see him addressing it on TV, especially when he used it to motivate others.

    Posted by: Rocky | Nov 27, 2013 9:57:57 AM



  7. "GOOD FOR HIM! I never realized he was "in" - but then again, talking about it on the show is something of a step forward. "


    Now if only Queen Latifa wasn't such a twit about her sexuality on her tv show....that's why her show will fail.

    Posted by: HereinDC | Nov 27, 2013 9:58:00 AM


  8. Bob Harper: What a nice man with a beautiful heart. Both him and his contestant, Bobby, are The Biggest Winners.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Nov 27, 2013 10:03:26 AM


  9. Hello, porn stache.

    Posted by: crispy | Nov 27, 2013 10:04:19 AM


  10. OK. Biggest Loser always uses family and loved ones as motivators to help people lose weight. Since early days I posted on their show's websites, questioning how Jillian and Bob could use that motivator but never have a family of their own to talk about how that had motivated them. ABC always deleted my posts. So -- good for them both for coming out but it is a bit ho-hum now that the show has run its course.

    Posted by: TimothyD | Nov 27, 2013 10:17:02 AM


  11. It was a Secret? Lol

    Funny how both of the shows top 2 trainers are Gay...

    Posted by: tagg | Nov 27, 2013 10:35:07 AM


  12. Gee, Cue the surprise....

    Posted by: Ankerich | Nov 27, 2013 10:43:58 AM


  13. In other news, they think they might have found someone who was surprised.

    Posted by: AdamK | Nov 27, 2013 10:44:11 AM


  14. I always thought he was out, but good for him for utilizing his platform to help someone who is struggling. Always had a crush on Bob and still do!!!

    Posted by: THurts | Nov 27, 2013 10:44:32 AM


  15. I'm all for public figures acknowledging the obvious, but how can you "come out" when a five year-old would know that you're gay just by looking at you?

    Either "coming out" makes sense or it doesn't, and, in this century, it doesn't. He just acknowledged (not "confessed"(!), as the clip's talking head tells us) what everyone already knew. Better late than never, but that he made such a big deal out of the reveal was just silly.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Nov 27, 2013 10:56:19 AM


  16. This is classic. He's 10 times 'straighter' than the guys on Dancing with the Stars and only one, according to the network station, is gay. Sorry but it's the biggest joke thinking there might be one or even two straight gays on DWTS.

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 27, 2013 11:04:20 AM


  17. Bob is such a handsome, sexy man. Good for him for finally using broadcast TV to share his message/sexuality.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Nov 27, 2013 11:09:18 AM


  18. What's with the condescending sky is blue type comments?

    I'm sure his intention wasn't to shock anyone with the big "secret" that he's gay, especially since he's been out in life for years. Not talking on TV about a given, his sexuality, is not the same as hiding it. In this case, he publicly referenced his sexuality and articulated the coming out process to help another person, not to have a SURPRISE! moment. It's the media that pretends there was a confession and that it's news.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 27, 2013 11:10:05 AM


  19. Reality TV is TRASH. ZZZzzz

    Posted by: Bosie | Nov 27, 2013 11:46:43 AM


  20. Reality TV is TRASH. ZZZzzz

    Posted by: Bosie | Nov 27, 2013 11:46:43 AM


  21. It may not have come as a surprise to anyone here and he might have been "out" in his private life but sometimes to make it public is very important. Most here seem to miss that he publicly declared himself to help a contestant who has struggled with his own gayness and his family's reactions. Some of the people who post here are too cynical for their own good. I am glad that all of you have had such an easy time of it.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 27, 2013 11:51:07 AM


  22. I've only watched the show a few times but as far as reality shows, it's not too bad. If one person is helped because of this show, then I think the work this show does is successful.

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Nov 27, 2013 11:53:39 AM


  23. Probably very few people in the fly-over states had a clue he was gay, so it's nice to have him come out on prime time. Now the kids in Suckyville, Kansas have a role model.

    @Crispy, LOVE the pornstache... glad to see them coming back.

    Posted by: johnny | Nov 27, 2013 12:08:12 PM


  24. I guess it's true that he's never talked about it on the show but he's been out here in LA forever. I have a dvd of him in a show (a pilot maybe?) called "Gay Abs". I'm glad he came out. I think Jillian is out as well. It's actually a pretty good show. I was worried that it would just be mocking these people but I think it's a good tool for helping people to get in shape.

    Posted by: db | Nov 27, 2013 12:14:59 PM


  25. @TimothyD: While I'm sure it's just a typo, if you were posting complaints to ABC, it's no wonder they deleted them. The show's on NBC.

    Posted by: MFinBH | Nov 27, 2013 12:21:40 PM


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