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Bob Harper Comes Out on 'Biggest Loser,' Inspires Contestant and Twitterverse

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It's a very happy Thanksgiving for "The Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper and contestant Bobby Saleem. Both men opened up about their sexuality in last night's moving episode. And the response online has been powerful.

There was nary a dry eye in the viewership when Harper chose to talk about his sexual identity as a means to inspire struggling Saleem. Saleem came out on "The Biggest Loser" but had reservations about disclosing his sexuality to his father. Harper wanted to give Saleem support during this difficult time.

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In a confessional, Harper said that he hasn't talked about his sexuality on the show yet. "And now, meeting Bobby, I really do believe this is the right time," he said. "I want to show Bobby that he doesn't have to live in shame."

Harper was direct and strong in his sit-down with Saleem. "I'm gay. I knew a very long time ago that I was gay," said Harper. "When I came out ― when I was 17 years old — it was one of those things where I realized that there was going to be so many obstacles, but being gay doesn't mean being weak. And being gay doesn't mean that you are less than anybody else. It's just who you are."

The Twitterverse has exploded with support for both Harper and Saleem. Harper expressed his gratitude last night:

Saleem was equally grateful:

We'd say both men are winners on "The Biggest Loser," given all the love. Here is a sampling of fan tweets that should help ease your mind from the guilt of all those carbs looming tomorrow:




"The Biggest Loser" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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