Sunderland’s Biggest Loser saddened by axing of weight loss TV show

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SUNDERLAND’S biggest loser Kevin McLernon says he is disappointed the ITV show has been axed.

Kevin, 39, who shed an amazing 12st 12lbs to be crowned The Biggest Loser 2012 earlier this year, says the show not only inspired him and all the other contestants to lose weight, but also thousands of viewers as well.

The Seaburn man, whose life has been totally transformed by taking part in the television show, said although ITV bosses have said they will not be making another series, he hopes one of the other channels will take it over.

ITV announced they were axing the primetime weight-loss show, hosted by Davina McCall, because of a drop in ratings. At one point it slumped to just 2.1million viewers from a peak of more than five million.

An ITV spokeswoman confirmed: “We have no current plans for further series of The Biggest Loser. We want to broaden our factual range in 2013.”

The Biggest Loser, based on a hit American show, was first shown in Britain in 2005 on Living TV and snapped up by ITV in 2009.

During the show obese contestants had to live in The Biggest Loser house and stick to a gruelling fitness regime and diet.

For Kevin, who entered the competition a year ago weighing 32st 2lb, the show gave him the chance of a new life, he has continued to lose weight, is now well on the way to starting his own company as a fitness instructor and even completed the Great North Run at the weekend.

He said: “It is an inspirational programme for thousands of people and to have it taken away is a bit of a blow. It has changed a lot of lives, so it is a real shame to lose it.

“From a selfish point of view I am so glad that I got the opportunity when I did. It is a shame other people are not going to get that chance.

“But, this is the cruel world to television and ITV has a business to run.”

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