Kournikova's departure leaves the show with a crucial role to fill, and — given that NBC runs the series pretty much year-round — very little time to fill it. So in order to expedite the process, we have a few pretty great suggestions for people the network should get in touch with right away.
Pros: He's in excellent shape; he's spent his entire career working with world-class coaches and has surely learned some lessons; it looks like he's going to have a few free months ahead of him.
Cons: His team of contestants couldn't necessarily be sure that he wouldn't ditch them in the middle of a workout.
Pros: She's fit, perky, and personable and has proven after years opposite Regis Philbin that even the crankiest attitude a "Biggest Loser" contestant could throw her way wouldn't faze her in the least.
Cons: The 17 jobs she already has might be enough.
Pros: Have you seen him lately? He clearly knows what he is doing.
Cons: If he still has the lisp he did in "Jerry Maguire," it could be very distracting to contestants.
Pros: She clearly works hard on her figure, and has probably "heard" about a lot of diet techniques from the sorts of celebrities she mentions in her act.
Cons: The show already tried having a female comic on staff, and it didn't really work out (no pun intended).
Apolo Anton Ohno
Pros: He's an Olympian, a marathoner, and a reality-TV veteran (having won "Dancing with the Stars").
Cons: He's an Olympian. His trainees don't need that kind of pressure.
Pros: In addition to the credential of her famously awesome upper arms, she has made the fight against obesity one of her signature issues.
Cons: It would probably run counter to the dignity of her office or some nonsense like that.
- Anna Kournikova
- Jillian Michaels
- The Hollywood Reporter