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

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.

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  1. Kaycee says:

    Wow it’s about time!

  2. The feminist movement should have started infecting people’s eyes YEARS ago.

  3. Dave says:

    Good for her. Bad for us that this is still considered “news.”

  4. Eddie says:

    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

  5. Laura says:

    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.

    • dan says:

      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).

    • cjeffery7 says:

      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.

  6. Matt says:

    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.

  7. Yo says:

    This kind of story should have stopped wing news years ago.

  8. Evan says:

    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.”

    • JenInChicago says:

      ^^This…..She is, by far, the better of the two announcers and she has hosted overnights during previous Olympics.