Bob Costas says he's not 100% but he's coming back anyway
Feb 17, 11:30am EST
Twelve hours before Bob Costas returns to NBC’s primetime airwaves following a six-day convalescence from an eye infection, the host called into Today to speak with the man who replaced him for four nights, Matt Lauer.
“I’m not 100 percent, that’s for sure, but if I waited until I was 100 percent, the Olympics would be over.”
Costas started by saying he was glad to be back, then expressed his sympathies for Lauer and Meredith Vieira, who took over weekend duty on NBC primetime.
“I want to thank Matt and Meredith for doing such a good job and filling in. I really feel bad, especially for Matt. Meredith was twiddling her thumbs a little bit, to be honest. “Matt was doing double-duty, back and forth to the mountains … an hour’s sleep. Now he holds so many chits on me on his side of the table, I owe him so many favors, that’s the worst part of the whole thing."
He explained that the eye infection still hadn’t completely gone away and it sounds like it won’t until after the Sochi Games end in six days. But if the audience can put up with the red eye and round glasses, so can he, Costas said.