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Contestants Prank Bob Harper on 'The Biggest Loser,' But it Backfires on Them (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 26th 2011 5:45AM
Bob Harper, 'The Biggest Loser'Halloween Week brought with it a theme of unity and a temptation of candy on 'The Biggest Loser' (Tue., 8PM ET on NBC). The ten remaining finalists were told they were competing as a single unit this week. If they could lose a combined 100 lbs, then no one would be going home.


As a temptation, a bucket filled with ten lbs of candy was hung in the kitchen. For every pound of it someone ate, they would earn a pound advantage on the scale. While none of them seemed to seriously consider eating the candy too much, they did come up with a way to unite in a prank against Bob -- only they may not have thought it all the way through.

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Bob Harper Reveals He Did a 'Playboy' Photo Shoot With Jenny McCarthy (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 14th 2011 3:56AM
Bob Harper, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'Bob Harper revealed a secret on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), when he told a story he'd never told to anyone before. It involved him participating in a nude photo shoot for 'Playboy' magazine.

Years ago, in anticipation of her photo spread in 'Playboy,' Jenny McCarthy called up her favorite trainer and asked him to pose in the photos with her. According to Harper, she told him she needed a man in the photos and she wanted it to be him.

After some convincing, she got him to show up, but he refused to strip beyond his boxer shorts. Hilariously, when Leno showed the photos, all you could see of Harper was his arm in one shot, or his back and part of one leg in another. He's the ultimate extra!

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And 'The Biggest Loser' Winner 2010 Is ... (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 15th 2010 10:40AM
'The Biggest Loser' Season 10 Finale -- And the Winner Is ...Well, it's been a long road on 'The Biggest Loser' (Tue., 9PM ET on NBC). But the season came to an end tonight when one winner was crowned. Four contestants remained: Ada, Elizabeth, Frado and Patrick. Only one of them could take home the $250,000 grand prize.

"This is it," host Alison Sweeney said. "We are all down to this final weigh-in." And so, your winner of 'The Biggest Loser,' Season 10 was ...

... Patrick House! The 28-year-old father of two lost 181 pounds, a whopping 45.25 percent of his starting body weight. Confetti fell from the ceiling, as his family members in the audience embraced. Patrick started the show at 400 pounds and he leaves weighing 219 -- and with a quarter of a million dollars lining his pockets. He beat out Alfrado "Frado" Dinten, who came in second after losing 162 pounds.

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'The Biggest Loser': A Tearful Pause Before the Finale, As Ada Returns Home (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 8th 2010 8:30AM
'The Biggest Loser': A Tearful Pause Before the Finale, As Ada Returns Home"Too long a sacrifice/ Can make a stone of the heart." The poet William Butler Yates wrote these words. On the new 'Biggest Loser,' we witnessed some different ideas of sacrifice. And in the end, we saw some tears. Welcome to the Final Four.

On tonight's episode (Tue., 9PM ET on NBC), the last four players went home to see their families. All season long, we have heard stories about Ada Wong's cruel treatment at the hands of her parents. She was the only 'Loser' who didn't get a video message, or have her family come to see her -- but that barely scratches the surface of the problems Ada has faced. Her parents have also blamed her for the death of her baby brother -- who drowned while swimming in a kiddie pool.

Ada was just a child at the time, but was present at the event. Ms. Wong's parents have said they wished she had died in her sibling's place. As a result of this abuse, she turned to food for comfort -- and began gaining weight. Now, Ada returned home to confront her mother and father. "I just want them to be proud of me," she said. How did it go?

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'The Biggest Loser' -- Tears of Sadness, Tears of Joy (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 1st 2010 6:30AM
'The Biggest Loser' -- Tears of Sadness, Tears of JoyMost realty shows reward scheming and betrayal. Contestants fight, plot, and stab each other in the back. But 'The Biggest Loser' (Tue., 9PM ET on NBC) tries to show a little more heart. After all, the series is about losing weight and improving your life. During tonight's "Final Four" episode, we saw a battle for what the show's nature would truly be. And by the end, there would be tears.

Only four players out of six would survive the episode. All season long, the triple alliance -- Brendan, Frado and Patrick -- has used a cynical strategy in an effort to reach the Finals, saving weaker members of the cast to reduce the competition against them. Now, their plan began to unravel.

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The Greatest Moment in 'Biggest Loser' History (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 24th 2010 7:40AM
''The Greatest Moment in 'Biggest Loser' History''The theme for this season's 'Biggest Loser' is "paying it forward." This concept means doing a favor, without expecting anything in return. It's based on the idea that we receive generosity from strangers all the time. Since we can't pay them back, we should move "forward" and do good deeds for others.

Tonight, that theme really paid off. By the end of this episode (Tue., 8PM ET on NBC), there were hugs, tears -- and one man's life changed for the better.

It began when the contestants faced the latest challenge, which involved "Angels Flight," the world's shortest railroad. However, for some players, it proved to be quite a long trip.

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'The Biggest Loser': Weakest Link vs. Strongest Heart (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 17th 2010 8:35AM
'The Biggest Loser': Weakest Link vs. Strongest HeartTonight's 'Biggest Loser' was full of contradictions. On the show (Tue., 8PM ET on NBC), the teams were dissolved, but the Alliance continued. One player deserved elimination, but escaped it once again. What did it all mean?

Team gameplay came to an end -- suddenly it was every man and woman for themselves! For the challenge, the players had to balance above a swimming pool. This could represent the "balancing act" some players must pull off. Three guys -- Brendan, Frado and Patrick -- are in an alliance, but will eventually have to turn against each other, as they fight to be the last man standing.

The Alliance survived the challenge; then, Elizabeth Ruiz and Jessica Delfs were on the chopping block.

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'Biggest Loser' Does a Live Broadcast: Two More Players are Eliminated (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 10th 2010 1:35AM
'Biggest Loser' Does a Live Broadcast: Two More Players are EliminatedTonight's 'Biggest Loser' (Tue., 9PM ET on NBC), featured the show's first ever live broadcast. Trainer Bob Harper appeared outside an eliminated player's house (wearing a snazzy jacket instead of workout clothes), and said he would reveal the rejected 'Losers' live on the air.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

The entire show couldn't be live. So we flashed back to this week's "temptation" challenge. This season has lacked clear villains -- but tonight, Patrick/Brendan/Frado outed themselves as the bad guys.

Brendan gorged on calories, winning the challenge. plus the right to chose this week's teams. Next, Brendan aligned himself with pal Patrick. He gave Frado an advantage by teaming him with Mark, who had the highest percentage of weight loss thus far.

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An "Epic Meltdown" on 'The Biggest Loser' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 27th 2010 5:45AM
An 'Epic Meltdown' on 'The Biggest Loser'Everything wasn't peachy on tonight's 'Biggest Loser' (Tue., 8PM ET on NBC). Tempers flared, as one contestant had a total meltdown -- and it was all over a simple peach dessert.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Tonight's first challenge should have been easy. Members of each team had to cook a full meal -- including a dessert. The Blue and Black Teams handled the cooking part just fine, and both made sweet dishes out of peaches.

But as a tiebreaker challenge, the squads had to guess the number of calories in each team's dessert. Which is when Team Black started to implode.

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'The Biggest Loser': Losing the Battle Against the Thin Red Line (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 13th 2010 12:25AM
'The Biggest Loser': Losing the Battle Against the Thin Red LineOn 'The Biggest Loser' (Tue., 8PM ET on NBC), all contestants must face the dreaded "red line." If you've barely shed any pounds, then you fall below the line and are kicked off the show immediately. It's a struggle, it's a war -- like in the movie 'The Thin Red Line.' (That's our metaphor, and we're sticking with it.) Tonight, host Alison Sweeney announced that two players would be kicked off -- so one contestant faced the red line right away.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

The show began with a challenge. The players could eat cupcakes, in the hopes of finding a disk hidden under one cupcake that would give them an advantage at the weigh-in. Or they could resist the temptation, not eat any of them, and not win the prized disk.

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Big Reversals -- and Even Bigger Betrayals -- on 'The Biggest Loser' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 6th 2010 5:53AM
Big Reversals -- and Even Bigger Betrayals -- on 'The Biggest Loser'Sometimes, the experience of watching a reality show is so frustrating that you feel like pounding your fist on the TV screen. "No!" you want to shout. "What? Why?" Tonight's 'Biggest Loser' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC) really brought out these feelings of annoyance.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Last week's episode came down to a battle of youth vs. age. The two players up for elimination were 58-year-old Tina Elliott and 22-year-old Allie. Tina gave an impassioned speech, telling the other players that this was her last chance to ever lose weight. She begged to be kept on the show, while shedding copious amounts of tears.

The speech worked, and Allie was kicked off. But tonight, Tina totally reversed herself -- and also did a little more crying.

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'The Biggest Loser' Season 10, Episode 3 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 6th 2010 5:45AM
'The Biggest Loser' - '1 of 15 Eliminated'['The Biggest Loser' - '1 of 15 Eliminated']

Once again, host Alison Sweeney surprised the group by moving that yellow line to the halfway point, meaning seven contestants would be weighing in. They also keep surprising them with weigh-ins that seem to be coming earlier in the week. In fact, I'm not even 100 percent sure they're only doing one weigh-in per week. Maybe it's only day four?

It's madness in the House this season! Madness! What's also madness is testing Bob Harper's kindness and understanding. With Jillian Michaels absent for the first weigh-in, Jesse started giving Bob attitude. You don't disrespect Bob or you'll find out he can be every bit as nasty as Jillian. He just smiles while he's doing it.

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Who's Kicked off First on 'The Biggest Loser'? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 29th 2010 4:15AM
Who Is the First Player Eliminated on 'The Biggest Loser'?Tonight's 'Biggest Loser' (Tue., 8PM ET on NBC) came down to women vs. men ... and youth vs. age. There could only be one real 'loser' this week, but we don't mean that in the shedding-pounds sense. Sixteen players started the show (after "rejected" contestants Elizabeth Ruiz and Aaron Thompkins were added back in). By the end of the night, one contestant would be eliminated, but who would it be?

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Things kicked off with Bob and Jillian forcing everyone to work out -- which led to the now-standard incidents of contestants crying, barfing and screaming. Following the exercise sessions, host Alison Sweeney arrived and dropped a bombshell. The players thought she'd announce a challenge, but instead she said the first weigh-in was taking place. In addition, half the contestants would be facing potential elimination ... a 'Biggest Loser' first.

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Has 'The Biggest Loser' Gone Too Far? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 22nd 2010 7:02AM
Has 'The Biggest Loser' Gone Too Far?And we're back for the tenth season of 'The Biggest Loser' (Tues., 8PM ET on NBC). In general, Americans are getting more and more obese, and so it could be argued that this reality series serves an actual valuable function -- by reminding us of the importance of weight loss and exercise. Or, it could be argued that the show is just voyeuristic exploitation, pure and simple.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

The premiere episode of the new season seemed to err on the side of "exploitation." At the very least, it contained a somewhat disturbing moment. For the new contestants to make it onto the show, they had to complete one of two challenges -- they had to either run a mile, or do 500 "step-ups."

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'The Biggest Loser' Contestants Talk About Staying Skinny (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 27th 2010 12:40AM
'The Biggest Loser' Contestants Talk About Staying SkinnyMichael Ventrella -- the winner of 'The Biggest Loser' -- appeared tonight on 'Larry King Live' (weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN). The reality show champion discussed the difficulties of keeping the weight off, now that he's no longer surrounded by personal trainers.

Ventrella lost 264 pounds: the biggest weight-drop ever on the show. He talked with Larry King -- and was joined by Ashley Johnston, Michael's friend and the runner-up on 'Loser.'

Michael said that even though the show was over, his goal of continued weight loss wasn't complete. He and Ashley talked about how they still want to exercise and "get really toned." Trainer Bob Harper appeared along with them; he said that the most important thing was to be healthy in general, and to not fixate on the number of pounds lost.

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