'Biggest Loser's' Bob Harper comes out on TV: 'Being gay doesn't mean being weak'
On Tuesday's (Nov. 26) "The Biggest Loser," the challenge prize was a dinner with loved ones for the winning team. The Blue Team won and one member, Bobby, was excited to see his parents, but also a little nervous because he is not out of the closet to his parents.
During his parents' visit on the show, Bobby's dad began crying about how proud he is of his son and how much they miss him, but Bobby still couldn't tell them, especially in light of his very Catholic upbringing. "I always felt like there was something wrong with me," says Bobby.
So trainer Bob Harper sits down with Bobby and talks about it -- and comments that it's the right time for him to comment on his sexuality -- "I want Bobby to understand that he doesn't have to live in shame."
"I understand what you're talking about. I totally get it," says Harper to Bobby. "I'm gay. I knew a very long time ago that i was gay and the family that I grew up around was very mucht eh same -- there was so much repression there. I think when I 'came out' when I was 17 years old ... I realized there was going to be so many obstacles. But being gay doesn't mean being weak. And being gay doesn't mean you are less than anybody else. It's just who you are."
"You come out to your dad, you tell him who you are. It's something that's going to change the path of your life," says Harper. "I don't know your dad, but it sounds like he's a good man, a smart man ... I think he's going to accept you the way that you are and I think it's gonna be OK."
Bobby agrees to come out to his parents. Watch the emotional scene starting at around the 22-minute mark in the above video.