Bob Harper is returning to “The Biggest Loser” universe, this time as host of USA Network’s reboot of the popular reality series, the company announced Friday morning.
The health and fitness expert was a frequent presence for 17 seasons on the original version of the reality series, which aired on NBC from 2004 to 2016.
Harper, who suffered a heart attack in 2017, will be joined by brand new trainers during the 10-episode season produced by Endemol Shine North America, in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio.
“I’ve learned a lot over the last two years since suffering a heart attack,” Harper said in a statement. “I know more than ever that it’s about overall health and living your absolute best life inside and out, plus finding ways to overcome the everyday obstacles that we all face. That is what we are doing with the show.
“We are going to be changing lives and it is going to be big. I cannot wait to get started!” he added.
The updated weight-loss competition series “will feature a dynamic new team of experts determined to dramatically improve America’s lifespans and waistlines,” USA Network said in its announcement in May.
“We’re re-imagining ‘The Biggest Loser’ for today’s audiences, providing a new holistic, 360-degree look at wellness, while retaining the franchise’s competition format and legendary jaw-dropping moments,” Chris McCumber, the president of entertainment networks USA Network & SYFY, said at that time.
“The Biggest Loser” is set to premiere on USA Network in 2020.