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Trainer Bob Harper named host of 'Biggest Loser'

By Karen Butler
Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Widerstrom, Bob Harper, Dolvett Quince. Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC
Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Widerstrom, Bob Harper, Dolvett Quince. Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Bob Harper has been promoted from trainer to host of NBC's popular, weight-loss, competition series The Biggest Loser.

Harper also will continue to offer his training expertise to contestants at various points throughout Season 17, alongside returning trainers Dolvett Quince and Jennifer Widerstrom.

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The show is to resume production this month.

"I'm super-excited about taking the position of host on The Biggest Loser," Harper said in a statement Tuesday. "I've been with the show since Season 1, so I know all of the ins and outs, and let me tell you, the weigh-in room is going to be a completely different ballgame with me at the steering wheel."

Comedian Caroline Rhea hosted the program 2004-06 and actress Alison Sweeney had the job 2007-15.

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