Sweeney replacing Rhea as host
Longtime “Days of our Lives” star Alison Sweeney is replacing Caroline Rhea as host of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”
Sweeney will join “Loser” for its fourth season, which begins taping this spring. Peacock rep said Rhea, who’s been with “Loser” since its premiere, has left “to pursue other interests.”
Ben Silverman, exec producer of “Loser,” said Sweeney will help the show expand its audience. Thesp “will bring not only a great fresh face but (also) a huge, loyal fan base,” he said.
Indeed, “Days” is TV’s top sudser in young demos, which should provide a boost to “Loser” as it starts to age. And with talk that “Days” could be toast in a couple of years, gig gives Sweeney the chance to establish a bigger primetime presence.
Thesp has also been public about her own past weight woes, writing about her battle vs. the bulge in her 2004 autobiography.
Sweeney has played bad girl Sami Brady since 1993. She’ll juggle “Loser” duties and her continuing role on “Days.”
Thesp has worked the night shift before for NBC, doing guest stints on “Friends,” “Las Vegas” and “Fear Factor.”