Bob Costas is back hosting NBC’s Olympics coverage in Sochi after nearly a week off to let his infected eyes heal.
Costas first began promoting the Olympics with a few appearances on NBC programs the day before the opening ceremonies. He was wearing glasses and it was clear that there was something wrong with his left eye. Costas’ assistant said that he had an infection and they were hoping it would heal, but it only got worse. By Monday, the pink eye had spread to Costas’ right eye, and he was pulled off Olympics coverage and replaced by Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira on Tuesday.
Six days later, Costas was back hosting from the NBC Fortress of Solitude and had this to say (per Deadline):
“Sincere thanks to Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira – two friends and true pros who stepped in for me on short notice. My thanks as well to all of you who expressed your concern, and my apologies to everyone for the unavoidable but uncomfortable circumstance of a broadcasters ill-timed affliction getting in the way, even for just a few moments, for what we all came here for — the Olympic Games.”
At least Costas is back. Nice to have you back on, Bob. Can’t wait for you to be glasses-free.
Below is the before and after pic for comparison:
At least now he doesn’t look like someone just squirted lemon juice in his eyes.Google+