Bob Costas returns to host Olympic primetime coverage


(Associated Press)

For the first time in almost a week, Bob Costas will return the NBC studio in Sochi to host the primetime coverage. Last Tuesday, the network announced that Costas, who had been battling eye infections in both eyes, would step away from the desk until his eyes healed.

In case you forgot, here’s what Costas looked like before his break.

When Matt Lauer stepped in for Costas on Tuesday night, it stopped a consecutive broadcast streak that began in 1988.

Costas announced that he was ending his Ripken-like streak, which began in Seoul, on the “Today” show, telling Lauer that the infection, believed to be pink eye, is “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. I don’t know if you’re aware of this or not, but you’re Mariano Rivera, at least tonight.”

But after six days of Lauer and Meredith Viera filling in, Costas announced he was ready to return and was met with open arms on Twitter.

Costas called into the “Today” show to explain his comeback.

“I’m not 100 percent, that’s for sure, but if I waited until I was 100 percent, the Olympics would be over,” Costas said. He added that if the audience could put up with his red eyes and round glasses, he could. Luckily for viewers, there’s a Twitter account at the ready to chronicle the latest news surrounding Costas’s infected eyes.

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