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'Biggest Loser' trainer Bob slams contestants as 'bullies'

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THE BIGGEST LOSER -- Season: 13 -- Pictured: Bob Harper -- Photo by: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

All that backstabbing, eye rolling, verbal attacks and just plain bad behavior viewers are seeing from the players on "The Biggest Loser" this season? Yeah, trainer Bob Harper is noticing it too. He's not pleased at all, and he's calling it like it is.

"Bullies, they're bullies," Harper told Radar Online.

That this latest batch of contestants is less than inspiring is hardly news to fans of the show, who have loudly complained about the bullying -- led by Conda (or as our readers often refer to her, AnaConda) -- being allowed to continue. And they're tired of it.

"I need encouragement to lose weight, tips and practical helps. I don't need to see bullies at work," wrote reader Rebecca Bugg on our Facebook page.

"This is the most (sickening group) of people biggest loser has ever had," wrote Earl Edgar Hodgson.

"The producers have played up the role of Conda, an admitted villian," wrote John Moynihan. "Now it's just two hours of commercials interrupted by petty bickering among angry, unhappy fat people. Where are the moments when a player 'gets it'? What about the uplifting stories of people who are changing their lives? All of it is lost in the hatefulness. I say no thanks. I hope the show survives to see better days."

Harper, who has been with the show since it kicked off in 2004, agreed with the viewer assessments. "It's nasty and it's tough," he told Radar of the current season.

But even with all the baddies ruining the game, the trainer admitted that he does like some of the players. "Emily, Cassandra, Chism, I love them, they're really fantastic," he told Radar. Harper also said he likes Buddy, but "the rest of them, they're nasty!"

Do you think one of the bullies will manage to win the show? If so, who? Share your prediction on our Facebook page.


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