Bob Harper Comes Out of Closet on Biggest Loser

    November 27, 2013
    Kimberly Ripley
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Bob Harper of The Biggest Loser came out of that proverbial closet on this week’s episode of the show. His confession came as he encouraged contestant Bobby Saleem to come out to his father. Saleem’s dad was visiting the ranch at the time.

“I haven’t talked about my sexuality on this show ever,” Harper said during Tuesday’s episode of The Biggest Loser. “I really do believe this is the right time.”

Saleem’s biggest issue with coming out was his Catholic background.

“I come from a very strict Catholic background,” Saleem said. He had admitted previously on the show that he is gay. “Homosexuality, in a sense, was wrong, so I kind of hid it. It’s just something I’ve kind of kept from my parents, or at least my dad. I always felt like there was something wrong with me.”

Bob Harper explained to Bobby Saleem that he came out when he was just 17 years old.

“When I came out … I realized that there was going to be so many obstacles,” he told the contestant. “But being gay doesn’t mean being weak.”

Harper thanked his fans for all their support via Twitter.

Bobby Saleem followed suit–but thanked Bob Harper instead.

While it doesn’t seem like many people were surprised by Harper’s revelation, it does appear that most are supportive of both him and Bobby Saleem. A fellow Biggest Loser contestants chimed in via Twitter, too.

Kudos to Bob Harper for publicly acknowledging his own sexuality in order to help a contestant acknowledge his. Hopefully others were helped by his candid conversation with Bobby Saleem.

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  • Misleading

    God, enough of hearing about people being gay. The media makes it sound like everyone is gay and it is some courageous thing to be gay. The reality is that only 2% of the population is gay. It is not a big deal.

    There is nothing courageous about being gay. All it means is that this guy goes home and screws another guy instead of a woman. Bottom line. That is all it means. I know people want to make it out to be more than that, but at the end of the day, that is really all it is.

    I also simply don’t care one way or the other. It isn’t my business. As long as a person treats me well and doesn’t harm others, honestly, I don’t care what they do. I know plenty of straight people that harm others, set people up, cause destruction, and a host of other evils. Those people are scum. At the end of the day, sexual orientation shouldn’t even factor in the equation. It is what people do to others that should.

  • Jess

    what a joke. As if anybody didn’t know he is gay already.Hahaha