Bob Harper, one of the personal
trainers on NBC's reality series The Biggest Loser, has
announced he's gay.
The 48-year-old Harper discussed his
sexuality for the first time publicly in the course of helping a gay
contestant on the show struggling to come out to his own father.
“I haven't talked about my sexuality
on this show ever. I really do believe this is the right time. I
want to show Bobby that he doesn't have to live in shame,” Harper
“I'm gay,” Harper told Bobby, the
contestant. “I knew a very long time ago that I was gay. When I
came out, when I was 17 years old, it was one of those kind of things where
I realized that there was going to be so many obstacles. But being
gay doesn't mean that you are less than anybody else. It's just who
Harper thanked supporters in a tweet:
“THANK YOU to everyone that supported my decision to talk about
being gay w/Bobby. I felt like it was appropriate and necessary.