"The weigh-in room is going to be a completely different ballgame with me at the steering wheel," Harper tells PEOPLE

By Patrick Gomez
Updated September 08, 2015 12:00 PM
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Bob Harper is about to tackle The Biggest Loser from a whole new perspective.

“I’m super excited about taking the position of host on The Biggest Loser,” Harper, 50, tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Harper, who has been with the NBC reality weight-loss competition since it debuted in 2004, is making the move from trainer to host after it was announced longtime host Alison Sweeney would not be returning for season 17.

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Trainers Dolvett Quince and Jennifer Widerstrom will be returning for the new season, but Harper promises that the show will have a slightly different feel when it returns early next year.

“I know all of the ins and outs [of the show],” he says. “And let me tell you, the weigh-in room is going to be a completely different ballgame with me at the steering wheel.”