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Bob Harper reveals he's gay on 'The Biggest Loser' -- VIDEO

Bob Harper opened up on Tuesday’s episode of The Biggest Loser, stating for the first time on national television that he is gay. Though Harper, 48, came out to his family when he was 17, he has never publicly addressed his sexuality on the show that made him famous and changed hundreds (some might say thousands; ratings might say millions) of people’s lives.

Harper said he knew it was time to talk about being gay on The Biggest Loser when he met Bobby, a contestant on the show’s 15th season: “I really do believe that this is the right time. I want to show Bobby that he doesn’t have to live in shame.” Bobby, who comes from a strict Catholic family, has been struggling with the decision to come out to his parents, particularly his father, and it was obvious to Harper how that was weighing on him when the parents visited the Biggest Loser ranch.

In a powerful moment, Harper shared with Bobby his similar struggle and resulting decision to come out to his father 31 years ago, saying, “Being gay doesn’t mean being weak and being gay doesn’t mean you’re less than anybody else. It’s just who you are.”

'30 Rock' star Maulik Pancholy comes out

Liz Lemon would be so proud!

30 Rock and Weeds actor Maulik Pancholy has officially come out of the closet. What’s even better is that the actor, best known for playing Alec Baldwin’s obsessively stressed-out assistant Jonathan on the beloved NBC sitcom, just celebrated nine years together with his longtime partner.

“It feels like a nice time to be celebrating something like that, especially on the heels of the DOMA and Prop 8 decisions,” the actor told OUT magazine as a member of this year’s OUT 100 list. Other notable out and proud celebs on the list include Orange Is the New Black stars Laverne Cox and Lea Delaria, Sir Ian McKellan, George Takei, Mo Rocca, and Tony winner Billy Porter.

Pancholy got his first big break as Sanjay, a pot dealer on Weeds, but he is also an accomplished voice artist, currently providing the voices of Baljeet Tjinder on Phineas and Ferb and as a very different Sanjay, a boy with a talking snake for a best friend, in the new Nickelodeon animated series Sanjay and Craig. 30 Rock ended its run in January after multiple Emmys and seven seasons.

Check out the complete list of this years OUT 100 here.

Lucas Cruikshank, YouTube and Nickelodeon's 'Fred,' comes out, gets Cher shout-out -- VIDEO

In the question-and-answer YouTube video Ask Lucas and Jennifer, Lucas Cruikshank answered the question “are you gay?” with a big fat “yes.”

The YouTube and Nickelodeon star, best known for his character Fred, said he hasn’t felt the need to announce his sexuality on the internet. But his co-host Jennifer Veal (from Disney’s Jessie) points out that, since they post photos of them having sleepovers and doing facials, it probably should’ve been obvious.

Check out the video below:

Andy Richter, Deon Cole, and George Takei offer to help you come out -- VIDEO

For just $99.95, Andy Richter will come out to your family for you.

In a pre-taped bit for Conan, Richter offers his services to anyone who needs help coming out during the holidays. For an additional $19.95, comedian and Conan writer Deon Cole will show up and strong-arm anyone who opposes. And, for just $9.95 more, you even get Star Trek vet and gay rights activist George Takei.

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