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NBC's Costas back at work Monday from Sochi games

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - NBC's Bob Costas plans to make his return to NBC on Monday after being off the air for a week with an eye infection.

NBC said Sunday that "Today" host Matt Lauer will sub for Costas one last time on NBC's Sunday night telecast, and that Costas is preparing for his return in prime-time Monday.

The long-time Olympics host started duty in Sochi with one eye reddened from an infection that he hoped would clear up quickly. Instead, it spread to his other eye. It made his vision sight blurry and it was difficult for him to work, and his red eyes were a popular topic on social media.

Lauer and Meredith Vieira have filled in for him.

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Jenny and Jeff February 18 2014 at 10:36 PM

Seriously, we've been watching the Olympics this year and were SO excited--before we even realized why--that we weren't being subjected to Bob Costas every single day and night. His flaring nostrils, his pompous attitude. The guy hasn't even played college or semi-pro sports, and yet, they're allowing him, decade after decade, to comment as if he knows ANYTHING about the sacrifices the athletes, families, coaches, etc. make to come to the Olympic games. It's a bummer to be watching/listening to him tonight, to still have to "see" his weird-looking kooky eye problem (that doesn't seem much better), and we can't find somebody else to replace him at this point in his career? He's insulting, too liberal for anyone to respect (even my friends who are SUPER libs think bringing it to the sports arena is a no-no), and he thinks we give a rat's rear end about his views on any of it. Let's put the "Costas view" aside, PLEASE, and find someone else to announce the prime time and other venues of the Olympics. I'd rather get more information about our announcers, whom I sometimes don't even realize were medal winners in their own rights! Let's hear more about some side stories regarding the athletes, their families, or the culture of Russia and other countries who came. One thing I used to LOVE about watching the Olympics when I lived overseas for several iterations was the absence of so many ads and the featuring of ONLY some athletes expected to medal. For some athletes, their struggles to make a team, to qualify to come, are a story in and of itself, even if they never medal or place in the "top 10". And, these stories NBC has aired about the speed skater from the USA whose Mom has been in prison sicken me. Is that really want this girl wants remembered, about her Mom's woes? Can't we let her be an Olympic athlete and praise these accomplishments and quit referring to her as the "athlete with the Mom who is in jail for dealing crystal meth..." C'mon NBC, it's not that we expected MORE from you after suffering through it all these years, but can't you figure out a way to be just a tad more creative with your broadcasting than showing us some burned-out broadcasters with medical problems and weird political views? Why don't we let the former athletes take over the broadcasts and let Eric Heiden, some of the hockey players from the 1980 team, Peekaboo Street, Dan Jansen, Dorothy Hamill, and the other greats do the job of interviewing athletes? I bet ratings would SOAR, if we didn't have to see the same old faces who don't know much about professional sports...let them take the prime time instead of having just a few small moments to comment on their sports!

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Brent February 17 2014 at 11:01 PM

unless you've had these infections you should keep your opinions to yourself. They can be quite disabling, painful, and can take some time to clear up. Bob Costas has been the lead commentator for the Olympics and a leading sports commentator. He should be shown the respect he has earned.

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clondo1014 February 17 2014 at 9:19 PM

Big hairy deal. He had pink eye. Big baby. If he spent some of his money on a Eye Dr. He could have been back to work within 2 days.

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Magic February 17 2014 at 6:39 PM

Wow Bob, did not know you were that unpopular. You should have simply worn some tinted specs and tell everyone you had an issue and all would have gone well. Instead everyone is beating you up. Must look bad for the bosses. But I did get to see Viera pawing away at an Olympic skier. Not too obvious for her. Maybe all will be well for the Summer Olympics........

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Richard February 17 2014 at 3:30 PM

MY DIAGNOSIS IS PROBABLE EPIDEMIC KERATOCONJUNCTIVITIS

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Wayne February 17 2014 at 3:15 PM

Costas is a joke & one big yawn.

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ray schenk February 17 2014 at 2:55 PM

Liberal Dork!

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tniafk February 17 2014 at 2:38 PM

Costa don't need to come back! He is just a sports reporter that uses him microphone as a bully pulpet to communicate his personal ideas,
don't need that from anyone.

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fatfender February 17 2014 at 1:38 PM

Send him home !!!!!!!!!! I am not ready for his opinionated commentary ! Personally can't stand his announcing or politics.

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Steve-a-rino February 17 2014 at 1:33 PM

Keep Meredith. She has more personality, pizazz and humor than Lauer and Costas put together. She instantly engages the audience and never digs for dirt or tries to find the negative in a story. I vote that we keep her and send the others out on assignment somewhere . . . anywhere . . .

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