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Anna Kournikova Scores Gig on 'Biggest Loser'

5/25/2011 5:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's official, tennis hottie Anna Kournikova has signed a deal to join "The Biggest Loser" next season -- while THREE current stars of the show will be on their way out.

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Producers confirm the 29-year-old will join the show as a celebrity trainer ... but trainers Jillian MichaelsBrett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova will not return for Season 12.

Exec. producer Todd Lubin tells New York Magazine the decision to hire Anna was all part of an effort to reboot the show for it's 12th season.

We're "getting slightly away from just the tape measure, and getting into overall well being and health. That's where Loser needs to go" explains Lubin.

He continues ... "She grew up with very little in Moscow, pounding tennis balls every day when she was 5. That's the drive she's bringing to the show."

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31.

Brian    

Clear sign of the death of the show. They brought in 2 extra trainers to refresh it and increase ratings. That didn't work so they fired the new trainers and Jillian. Firing one of the two main trainers and hiring a tennis pro with no experience is a sure sign of desperation and this will likely be the last season.

1062 days ago
32.

Rogue Warrior    

I may watch this show because of her, she is FINE!!!

1062 days ago
33.

RealityBites    

Jillian wasn't "fired" she left the show on her own. Anna wasn't even a "winning" tennis player so she's not someone to motivate anyone. She was only known for her clothes on the tennis court and men watching her. They should have gotten Jackie Warner.

1062 days ago
34.

sky    

She needs it. lol

1062 days ago
35.

Chris O.    

Anna looks like a tranny.
Anna was relevant ten years ago WTF NBC???
She isn;t even hot with her thin lips and flat butt, WHITE SNAKE circca 1988 hair...
Desperate NBC!

1062 days ago
36.

Kathleen    

Anna is anorexic, this is a show about improving health. She has o% body fat, no muscle tone and a distended abdomin from her eating disorder. Someone needs to tell NBC the just lost a lot of credibility with this choice. I think she would be better suited for celebrity rehab eating disorder addition.

1062 days ago
37.

KTD    

Anna quietly did a lot of charity work for the children of Hurricane Katrina. For that, I admire and respect her.

1062 days ago
38.

Jenifer     

I'm sure she's a lovely person, but she did look anorexic. If the camera adds ten pounds, she's probably almost invisible in person. She doesn't appear to be a "role model" of fitness with her apparent lack of muscle tone. Also seemed kind of weird & wacky while strutting her stuff.

1062 days ago
39.

yes    

that is the wrong photo, tmz. that's maria sharapova.

1062 days ago
40.

Isaiah    

Guess she needs a steady paycheck. That tennis career didn't pan out did it?

1062 days ago
41.

Tracy    

Why not just have Brett and Cara stay on with Bob?? Dumb to add another trainer when you have three good ones

1062 days ago
42.

mgo    

Her story could be a great example and motivation on how you can get what you want by being focused and persistant.

1059 days ago
43.

Anna     

Anna you're best...

962 days ago
44.

Poule    

Ugly legs, she gotta work them out.
Well she is not 15 anymore, let's not be to hard on her,
Well if we are is because she 's used to sell her image
not the match points, anymore ?
She stops fatlosers cause she got fed up with it, not patient, I beleive this.

825 days ago
45.

Poule    

When I say "ugly" it's compare to what she used to show us, of course ;-)
Legs las ugly, I take them lol
Aging is so difficult in
Hollywood and she decided to play on that circle, easier to get in
but harder when time goes by, unsatisfied, ever.

825 days ago
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