Matt Lauer to fill in for Bob Costas on NBC's Olympic primetime show
Feb 11, 9:15am EST
TODAY host Matt Lauer will fill in for Bob Costas during NBC’s Olympic primetime show Tuesday night. Costas has been struggling with an infection in his left eye, which has now spread to his right. He joked about it on Monday night as he toasted the evening with Mary Carillo by downing a shot of vodka. “I'm not really that much of a vodka guy,” he said. “I'm looking at it this way, though. My eyes can't get any redder, no matter what I do.”
This marks the first time since CBS presented the Nagano Olympic Winter Games in 1998 that someone other than Costas will host an Olympic primetime show. It’s also the first time since 1988 that someone other than Costas will host the Olympic primetime show on NBC, a remarkable run of 157 straight nights.
In a live call to Lauer on Tuesday morning’s TODAY, Costas said he hoped he could return after one night off, but wasn’t sure. “Let’s hope it’s only tonight. I’m walking around, I might as well be playing ‘Marco Polo.’ I have no idea where I am.” Costas gave Lauer vital information for his pinch-hitting duty – the names of Russian pairs figure skaters Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov – before signing off. Lauer said he’d start prepping right away.
“By the way, I will be doing the shots of vodka starting in about 15 minutes,” Lauer said.
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