Bob Costas and prime time Olympics had gone hand to hand since 1988, but thanks to an eye infection that changed shortly after the Sochi Games started.
After a six-day absence order has been restored for NBC’s prime time coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Yes, sports fans, after some much needed rest and just a little bit of medicine Bob Costas has returned.
From the start of NBC’s Olympic coverage Costas was not quite right. There was clearly something wrong with his left eye. At first there was hope that he would be able to power through the infection and with the help of time and medicine be fine. That was far from the case though, and his infection eventually got bad enough that he had to be pulled from the broadcast.
Matt Lauer was called in to take his place, but after a few days the network had Meredith Vierra take over. Ever the professional the slight smile on his face hinted at the joy he felt at being back as he started the night with a joke:
“Welcome to NBC’s primetime coverage on this Monday, I’m Bob Costas, sitting in tonight for Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira.”
With that everything was back as it should be.[H/T FTW]