Meredith Vieira Pulls Olympics Duty Tonight, First Woman Ever to Serve as Solo Host

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Meredith Vieira Host Winter OlympicsMeredith Vieira will fill in for Bob Costas as host of NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage this Friday night.

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As such, Vieira — who during the games’ first week acted as special correspondent and cohosted NBC’s Opening Ceremonies coverage — becomes the first woman in U.S. television history to serve as solo host of primetime Olympics programming.

On tap for tonight: Medals will be awarded in men’s figure skating (with Canada’s Patrick Chan a favorite. Also: finals in Alpine skiing’s men’s super-combined; women’s freestyle skiing (aerials); and women’s skeleton.

Waylaid by an eye infection that, among other things, was not at all telegenic, Costas took medical leave this past Tuesday, while Matt Lauer filled in. Costas said in a Thursday interview that he hopes to be back on duty by this weekend, to cover the second half of the games.

Comments (14)

  • Wow it’s about time!

    Comment by Kaycee – February 14, 2014 07:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The feminist movement should have started infecting people’s eyes YEARS ago.

    Comment by Scott Thrower – February 14, 2014 07:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good for her. Bad for us that this is still considered “news.”

    Comment by Dave – February 14, 2014 07:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not watching. She won’t be able to go 10 minutes without talking about her husband, her period or her most recent shopping trip with her BFFs

    Comment by Eddie – February 14, 2014 07:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wow, that wasn’t piggish sexism at all. You must be having a grand Valentine’s Day.

      Comment by Lauren – February 14, 2014 08:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Willing to bet she’s post-menopausal.

      Comment by Paul – February 14, 2014 09:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She was horrible during the opening ceremonies. She didn’t talk loud enough to hear what she said but just loud enough so you couldn’t hear the announcer.

    Comment by Laura – February 14, 2014 08:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Matt was also terrible during the Opening Ceremonies, but he has been decent the past few nights (although I haven’t seen much of him–almost as if they’ve shortened the in-studio activities since Bob has been off air).

      Comment by dan – February 14, 2014 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i think that was more of an audio issue. whoever was in control of the volume of the announcers mics needed to amp it up. literally.

      Comment by cjeffery7 – February 14, 2014 11:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Al Michaels and Dan Patrick are both available and in Sochi. Two sports guys. They choose someone who knows nothing about sports. I expect nothing less from NBC.

    Comment by Matt – February 14, 2014 09:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This kind of story should have stopped wing news years ago.

    Comment by Yo – February 14, 2014 04:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Mary Corillo was going “Gee, you’d think you’d have me host since I regularly do a hell of a lot more for NBC Sports.”

    Comment by Evan – February 15, 2014 02:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ^^This…..She is, by far, the better of the two announcers and she has hosted overnights during previous Olympics.

      Comment by JenInChicago – February 19, 2014 03:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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