The Biggest Loser’s Bob Harper on the New Trainers

When The Biggest Loser returns on Tuesday, Sept. 20 for its 12th season, it will be minus Jillian Michaels, who decided to move on to other projects. caught up with trainer Bob Harper to get his take on the season and new trainers Anna Kournikova and Dolvett Quince.

“Can you believe that Jillian has left me?,” he asks. But Bob has reassuring words for fans of the weight-loss series: “The contestants are just unbelievable. I think people are going to be really inspired by them. It is a really good season.”

Last year when the competition started, the Losers had the choice of immunity for several weeks if they went with the unknown trainers — Cara Castronuova and Brett Hoebel — or they could be subjected to the normal weigh-ins each week if they chose Bob and Jillian.

In the long run, those who chose Bob and Jillian fared slightly better with Olivia Ward, who chose Bob and Jillian, winning the $250,000 and losing 129 pounds.

“I have become the king of weight loss, only because I have been on the show for 11 seasons,” Bob jokes. “It is going to take a little time, but [the new trainers] are going to be fine. I haven’t had a chance to work with them completely, but I would only hope the producers would get motivational people. It takes a while to get your feet. I think they are figuring it out right now.”

As for concerns people have expressed that Anna may not be as relatable to the Losers as Jillian because of how thin she is, Bob doesn’t dispute it, saying, ” That is the question. There has to be a relatability. I don’t know. It is going to be interesting to see when the show airs if people can respond to her. At the end of the day, it is our viewers and our viewers are very savvy, they are very smart. They are not looking for just some pretty face. I think the more honest Anna can be and the more exposed she can be, the better she is going to be.”

When asked if he thinks the show is trainer-proof, meaning the fans tune in more for the journey the contestants make than any specific trainer, Bob says, “I love my job and I feel like I have been a part of making the show, so I don’t know if it is trainer-proof. I feel good about what I do. I haven’t met the next person who can do what I do.”

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