‘The Biggest Loser’: Bob Harper Hosts Reboot of ‘Fixed’ but Still Controversial Show

The Biggest Loser 2020 star Bob Harper returns as host for the reboot of this weight-loss show that once had 10 million viewers. This new and improved version not only rolls out with fixes but on a new network as well.

But the controversy still swirls around the show’s tactics. Even now at its new USA Network home, where its dropped some of the old procedures, critics emerge. So, will the show win back viewers? The Biggest Loser numbers once ranged between 5 million to 10 million viewers per episode. That’s back when The Biggest Loser called NBC home for 17 seasons.

The Biggest Loser: Bob Harper At the Reins in 2020

While The Biggest Loser ran from 2004 to 2016 it didn’t wind down to a cancellation. It abruptly stopped. Fans waited for news of a new season a few years back. But that didn’t come. Instead, the show’s resident physician, Doctor Robert Huizenga reported back in 2017 the show won’t return.

“Recent bad publicity” was the reason Dr. Huizenga cited when they pulled The Biggest Loser off the air. Past contestants came forth with a slew of allegations. These included a contestant who alleged being “encouraged to take illegal weight loss pills.”

This allegation was met with denial and a lawsuit. Huizenga sued the contestant who made that claim. But other critics hammered at the treatment towards contestants. They also slammed the weight-loss tactics used on The Biggest Loser.

Controversy Still Spins Despite Fix In Place

The critics came out verbally swinging once again. Allegations ranged from public fat-shaming to extremely unhealthy diet plans. While it seemed to subside a bit from the previous version, it’s still present today. Some critics still find the show rather degrading to contestants as the new version rolls out.

Bob Harper started off as one of the two trainers on The Biggest Loser. Bob then stepped up to host the show for the 17th and final season on NBC. The Biggest Loser 2020 made its debut last week on the USA Network. Bob Harper introduced 12 new contestants ranging in weight from about 250 pounds to over 400 pounds.

Still, the critics see problems even with the new and improved version of The Biggest Loser with Bob Harper. A clip from the new episodes indicates one of the women worked out until they vomited in a red bucket. Apparently that is why the bucket sits in the workout area.

The embarrassment of facing the nation shirtless for the men and with exposed midriffs for the women is still a part of The Biggest Loser Challenge 2020. But they did away with food rewards for the contestants and voting them off the show. Now the contestant gets a ticket home if they lose the less percentage of their weight among the others.

But through it all, Bob Harper remains both a fan favorite as well as being well-liked by the new contestants this season.

Biggest Loser: Grand Prize Shrinks

A very enthusiastic Bob Harper took the helm as host while reiterating several times how the concentration of the show is not weight loss but the person themselves. Still, The Biggest Loser Challenge 2020, the person who sheds the most weight, will walk away with $100,000 prize.

That’s less than half of the original cash prize offered for the NBC version of the show. The Biggest Loser prize when on NBC was $250,000. Perhaps this money reduction is all part of toning down the reboot version of this once popular show.

This weight-loss show debuted last week and the first contestant to go was Robert Richardson II, the blue team leader. So the show is down to 11 contestants vying for that grand prize. But the show stresses how most of all, they’re after a new healthier lease on life.

At the end of each show, the lowest weight loss percentage to fall beneath the scale’s yellow line dictates the elimination of the contestant. Robert Richardson joined the show at 409 pounds and weighed in as the heaviest of all this season’s contestants. He lost only 3.18% of his weight, resulting in a 13-pound weight loss. On the plus side, Robert left the show no longer tipping the scale at over 400 pounds.

Tune in to the USA Network on Tuesday nights at 9 pm EST for The Biggest Loser 2020 new episodes.

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