After 13 seasons on the NBC reality weight-loss competition show, the former Days of Our Lives actress is leaving The Biggest Loser, the show's producers tell PEOPLE

By Patrick Gomez
Updated December 01, 2020 10:05 PM
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The Biggest Loser is normally about losing weight, but now the show has lost a host.

“After an incredible run together, Alison Sweeney will not be returning as host of The Biggest Loser next season,” the show’s producers tell PEOPLE in a statement.

The Days of Our Lives best-selling author served as host of the NBC reality weight-loss competition for 13 seasons. She joined the show in 2007 after the departure of original host Caroline Rhea.

This announcement comes just over a year after Sweeney revealed she was leaving the soap that made her a household name after 21 years to spend more time with her son Ben, 10, and daughter Megan, 6.

“There were other things I wanted to do and see,” Sweeney told PEOPLE last June. “I had a bunch of good reasons, and I decided it was finally the right time. I know that this is the right decision for my family.”

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Though she won’t be hosting Biggest Loser when it returns for season 17, Sweeney will return for a short stint on Days to celebrate the show’s 50th season.

The actress is also starring in and executive producing the Hallmark Channel movie Love on the Air (premiering Sept. 26) and her second movie from the Murder, She Baked franchise premieres Nov. 15 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Her third novel, Opportunity Knocks, is slated to be released in Spring 2016.