NBC’s Bob Costas opened up about the eye infection that has sidelined him from coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, saying he expects to be back on the air before the Games draw to a close, TVGuide reports.
As we have been reporting this week, Costas, who has been a fixture of the network’s Olympics coverage over the years, has been forced to the sidelines by the eye infection. It was announced previously that his replacement for tonight’s coverage would be Meredith Vieira.
“I’m hoping that I’m back by the weekend and I certainly think I’ll be able to do the second half of the Games,” Costas said on Ryan Seacrest’s morning radio show. "The virus, they tell me, will run its course for two or three weeks, but … as soon as the symptoms get to the point where I can be in the studio, I’ll be there."
Costas also told Seacrest that he feels fine.
"I did the first five nights wearing glasses. Even though people could see how red and swollen my eyes were, I didn’t care because I could still function,” he said. “I could still read the notes I had to read on the athletes and find my way around the studio. But then, in the last 36 hours, it got to the point my vision became so blurry and sensitive to light I can’t even be in regular room light, let alone studio light."