Matt Lauer Filling In for Bob Costas During NBC Olympic Coverage

Matt Lauer Filling In for Bob Costas During NBC Olympic Coverage

“Today” host will take over for ailing announcer

Matt Lauer will fill in for Bob Costas during Tuesday night's Olympic coverage as he recovers from a serious eye infection.

Since Thursday night, Costas has struggled with the eye problem, squinting through thick glasses with his eyes red and puffy.

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By Monday night, it appeared the infection had spread to the other eye.

Costas called into “Today” on Tuesday morning and spoke with Lauer, who was concerned about the sports anchor and asked if he was alright.

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“Well, even worse than when you saw me this morning, Sochi time. So, reluctantly, I was trying to throw a complete game here, but I think we're going to have to go to the bullpen,” Costas quipped. “I don't know if you're aware of this or not, but you're Mariano Rivera, at least tonight.”

“So, I'm going to step in for you tonight, the master of Olympic primetime?” Lauer asked.

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“I believe that's it,” Costas said. “Let's hope it's only tonight because right now I'm walking around and might as well be playing Marco Polo. I have no idea where I am.”

“I can confirm that Matt Lauer will fill in for Bob Costas tonight in NBC's prime time Olympics coverage,” “Today Show” PR VP Megan Kopf added.

Watch the announcement below:

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  • A.L. Hern

    “Costas called into “Today” on Tuesday morning and spoke with Lauer, who was concerned about the sports anchor and asked if he was alright.”

    There's no such word as “alright,” James. It is, and always has been, TWO words: ALL RIGHT.

  • fishratliff

    you are replacing 1 digusting individual with the most disgusting piece of matter ever emitted! give me a break!

    • Bobmonroe3

      I think you're right. Really.

  • Dan Gregory

    Lauer replacing little man Bob,ugh..One is as annoying as the other

  • Pam

    Wow, I feel differently…I prefer Matt over Bob! I have watched Matt since he began on the Today Show. Over the years, I do kinda feel he “gives off” an uppity attitude…but then he seems to come back down to earth again. Oh well…more pressing issue's…but, as always GO USA !!!

  • Michael Difani

    A case of pink eye (a stye) in one eye is irritating but in both? This is not funny, folks. A classmate of mine in an army warrant officer pilot program had to leave it at five months because of it…he recovered but he sure looked bad at first.

  • Sammy

    Matt is annoying in the best of circumstaces especially with his new grunge look. I'm sure I'm not the only one who misses Costas and wonders why NBC can't come up with a more viable sub.

  • steve

    who cares. show the events.

  • Disappointed Soldier

    Here I sit waiting to see Olympic game coverage, instead I'm watching Matt Lauer shop for his kid. Oh wait, that's right I'm serving my country in Afghanistan. Don't really care much what you buy your kids Matt. I just wish I could afford it.

  • Disappointed Soldier

    Can we just see the games, and less of Lauer, Costas, Merideth and all the other fluff? We don't have a lot of time to watch, and would rather just see the games…

  • Disappointed Soldier

    Where's Ann Curry when you need her?