Bob Costas, NBC’s prime-time Olympics host, is to the Olympics what Dick Clark is to New Years (until he died…), but what is up with his eye?
The veteran sports reporter has been forced to pull himself out of the anchor seat and into the optometrist’s chair because he has pink eye. At first, Costas tried to power through the eye infection, swapping his contacts for a pair of horn rims but by the weekend it appeared the infection had spread to his other eye. When he woke up Tuesday in Sochi, Russia, with his both eyes swollen and crusted shut, he decided to give up and call Matt Lauer.
“Both eyes were red and angry on Sunday and Monday,” Costas told the New York Times. “It was increasingly uncomfortable with each passing night, but I could cope with it. But last night until today, it got to where I couldn’t look in the bathroom light without squinting and blinking and my eye watering.”
Matt Lauer, who is in Sochi as a co-host of “Today,” will fill in for Costas while he sits in a dark room overdosing on antibiotics and eye drops.
But what’s behind the infection that caused Costas to break his streak of anchoring 157 consecutive Olympic prime-time broadcasts for NBC? Perhaps Bob Costas used the dangerous Sochi tap water. Why didn’t the hotel staff tell him not to use the yellow liquid on his face??? Now we’re stuck with Matt Lauer. Thanks Putin.