Caroline Rhea replaced by Alison Sweeney as host of The Biggest Loser 4

When The Biggest Loser 4 goes into production this spring, it will have a new host. Caroline Rhea, the host for the show’s first three seasons, has been replaced by Alison Sweeney, best known for her role on Days of Our Lives.

NBC gave Variety the typical corporate bullshit line that Caroline Rhea left “to pursue other interests,” which means she was fired. But the show’s executive producer was a bit more candid, basically saying the host change is at least in part about increasing ratings. Sweeney “will bring not only a great fresh face but (also) a huge, loyal fan base,” Ben Silverman said.

As Variety reports, Sweeney “has also been public about her own past weight woes, writing about her battle vs. the bulge in her 2004 autobiography,” All The Days Of My Life (So Far).

‘Loser’ gig for ‘Days’ star [Variety]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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