Bob Costas returned to NBC’s Sochi Olympics coverage Monday night, rejoining the broadcast by announcing, “Welcome to NBC’s prime-time coverage on this Monday — I’m Bob Costas, sitting in tonight for Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira,” reports Lisa de Moraes at Deadline.com.
“He was returning to Games coverage for the first time after nearly a week off while doctors treated an infection in both of his eyes,” de Moraes notes.
Costas thanked Lauer and Vieira, noting that they were “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 broadcaster’s ill-timed affliction getting in the way, even for just a few moments, for what we all came here for — the Olympic Games.”
While Costas is well enough to return to broadcasting, his eye infection is still visible, de Moraes noted. He will continue to wear glasses as a result.
“His absence, since last Tuesday, ended his streak of 157 consecutive appearances as NBC’s Olympics anchor in prime time; it was the first time since 1988 that Costas had not hosted the prime-time coverage,” the story adds.