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Texoma man invited to NBC's Biggest Loser


DURANT, OK - The TV show The Biggest Loser is known for pushing people to win the battle against the bulge in front of millions of viewers, but the show has had a special impact on a Texoma man fighting his own battle to lose weight.

Tonight was the finale of the Biggest Loser, and Earl Kennedy was sitting in the audience.

It's the second time he's been invited so all his fans at his gym in Durant gathered for a watch party.

"Earl's favorite piece of equipment is the recumbent bike."

But tonight Earl Kennedy of Mead, Oklahoma is watching his favorite show from a different seat.

By special invitation, Monday night Earl sits in the audience of the biggest loser finale.

Though he hasn't made it on the show yet, back home at his gym in Durant, a lot of people are pulling for him.

"He's just so upbeat, he's motivating, he gets other people motivated," said Durant Nautilus Co Owner, Josh Mullins.

"I'm really hoping that Earl gets on the show, Durant, Bryan County, we would love to support him," Durant Nautilus Co Owner, Megan Mullins.

Earl has been battling with his weight for years.

Friends say his downward spiral started after his young daughter died of heart complications.

"When you first meet Earl, if you didn't know what he's gone through, you would never know, he's really humble, and when he comes into the gym he works hard and he's an inspiration to other people."

At his heaviest he tipped the scale at more than 900 lbs.

"It was difficult for him, being the weight that he was at, to come in and just do the simple things."

Earl joined Nautilus in Durant 3 years ago and is still going strong.

When we talked to him back then, he said he'd do anything to lose the weight.

"I can't go backwards, I can't slow down because, I slowed down before and it got me over 900 pounds, I've got a lot of motivation spiritually on the inside," said Kennedy.

"He comes in with a great attitude, never see him without a smile, you never hear him say I don't want to do this today, he's in here, he'll get it done."

Earl was not chosen to be a contestant on the next season of the biggest loser, but friends say they know they'll see him back at the gym as soon as he get's back home.