NBC’s Bob Costas will be replaced by Matt Lauer on the network’s primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics on Tuesday due to a worsening eye infection that has troubled the veteran anchor throughout the Sochi games.
Costas made the announcement on the “Today” show Tuesday morning.
“Reluctantly, I was trying to throw a complete game here, but I think we’re going to have to go to the bullpen, and I don’t know if you’re aware of this or not, but you’re Mariano Rivera, at least tonight,” Costas told Lauer by phone. “Let’s hope it’s only tonight. I’m walking around, I might as well be playing ‘Marco Polo.’ I have no idea where I am.”