Johnny Weir reacts to those 'Hunger Games' memes from the Olympics: Why the joke's on us!

Johnny Weir loved those "Hunger Games" memes during the Olympics just as much as everyone else.

Speaking exclusively with AOL Entertainment during his recent CoolSculpting on Ice event at Rockefeller Center, the NBC figure skating commentator implied that he was directly inspired by "Hunger Games" character Caesar Flickerman ahead of the Sochi Olympics -- four years ago -- but it took viewers until Pyeongchang to see the similarities.

"Before the Sochi Olympics [in 2014], I was trying to think of great hosts that I loved, and Caesar Flickerman was the only one that I could keep in my head," Weir told us. "He was fashion-forward, he was awesome and a lot of sports broadcasters will just wear a navy suit and a tie, but that’s not me, so I needed to find someone who I could find as a muse and he was it. It took four years for America to catch on, but it’s not new to me." 

The comparisons between Weir and Flickerman, who was played by Stanley Tucci in the "Hunger Games" films and is known for his splashy fashion sense, made waves during the Winter Games this year, but the 33-year-old former Olympian insisted that any attention being paid to figure skating -- whether for his fashions, his commentary or the skating itself -- was a win for the sport.

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GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir pose following the Figure Skating Men Free Program on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 17, 2018 in Gangneung, Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 16: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir pose following the Figure Skating Men Short Program on day seven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 16, 2018 in Gangneung, Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 15: Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski comment for NBC the Figure Skating Pair Skating Free Program on day six of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 15, 2018 in Gangneung, Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 16: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir pose following the Figure Skating Men Short Program on day seven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 16, 2018 in Gangneung, Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir pose after commentating for NBC the Pair Short Program figure skating event during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 14, 2018 in Gangneung, Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Figure skating announcers Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir prepare for the start of the Pair Skating Short Program on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 14, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 11: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir pose after commentating for NBC Sports the Figure Skating Team Event during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 11, 2018 in Gangneung, Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 11: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir pose after commentating for NBC Sports the Figure Skating Team Event during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 11, 2018 in Gangneung, Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 11: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir comment for NBC Sports the Figure Skating Team Event during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 11, 2018 in Gangneung, Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 11: Journalist Terry Gannon, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir comment for NBC Sports the Figure Skating Team Event during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 11, 2018 in Gangneung, Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Figure Skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir attend The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir attends the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Joey Foley/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT -- 'Super Smashed Game Night' Episode 506 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir, Pamela Adlon -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Figure skaters Tara Lipinski (L) and Johnny Weir attend the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 19: Figure Skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir attend the KCON 2017 concert held at the Staple Center on August 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 01: Figure skaters Tara Lipinski (L) and Johnny Weir attend the 2015 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 1, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: Figure skaters Tara Lipinski (L) and Johnny Weir attend the 101st Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/FilmMagic)
PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 27: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir of NBC at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day Fueled by Gatorade inside U.S. Airways Center on January 27, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 02: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir walk the red carpet during the U.S. Olympic Committee's Best of U.S. Awards at Warner Theatre on April 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for the USOC)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Figure skaters Tara Lipinski (L) and Johnny Weir attend Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir at GREY GOOSE Lounge at 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Grey Goose)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 0010 -- Pictured: (l-r) Olympic figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir on March 7, 2014 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir arrive at the 22nd Annual Elton John Academy Awards Viewing Party to benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation. (Photo by Paul Mounce/Corbis via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski arrive at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Ice skater/TV personality Johnny Weir (L) and ice skater Tara Lipinski attend the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party on March 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: NBC analysts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski comment the Figure Skating Ladies' Free Skating on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: NBC analysts Terry Gannon, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir comment the Figure Skating Ladies' Free Skating on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 14: Figure skating champions Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski comment for NBC the Figure Skating Men's Free Skating on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11: Figure skating champions Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski comment for NBC the Figure Skating Pairs Short Program on day 4 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)
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"People have been paying a lot of attention to my hair and my outfits and things that they maybe find snarky, but the fact that people have such a good feeling about figure skating was amazing," he explained.  "There was so much pressure on this Olympic games for me and Tara, because it was the first time that we were the primetime broadcasters and we had all of America inviting us into their living rooms. It was a different league for us, and I’m a very flamboyant gay man and I commentate figure skating, so you never know how people are going to react to you. The response that I’ve gotten has been so incredible, and people have been learning about figure skating, which is my ultimate goal."

Indeed, Weir and Lipinski -- along with standout skaters like Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu -- seemed to breathe new life and excitement into figure skating this year, with some of the biggest conversations, events and viral moments coming off the rink and out of the commentating box.

One of those moments, of course, was Weir and Lipinski teaming up with "Saturday Night Live" standout Leslie Jones, who returned to the Olympics again this year and starred in a catwalk video to Beyoncé's "Crazy In Love" with the pair.

"I wanted to meet her because I think her commentary on Twitter is hilarious," Weir told us of the clip's backstory. "As soon as she called me the empress of some country, I knew she was my girl. Tara and I went to meet her, and it was a spontaneous moment where we were like, ‘Let’s catwalk strut to Beyoncé through these abandoned hotel hallways.’ It just came to be. It wasn’t planned."

Weir also opened up to us about something else that wasn't planned, which was a recent procedure he underwent to fix what he called a "wine gut" that came from having too much of a "good time last summer."

"I’ve spent my whole life dieting and exercising and trying to be as healthy as possible, but I’m 33 and things are not as easy to get rid of as they once were," he told us of what led to his decision to do CoolSculpting. "Messing around with my body isn’t something I’ve really gotten into, because I usually do it all through crunches and salad, and I didn’t know what to expect. They made it very seamless and comfortable, though, and it didn’t make me feel weird."

And, as a former professional athlete used to putting in the hard work, Weir said that it wasn't easy for him to let himself go with the "easy" way out.

"Mentally it’s definitely hard to admit that there’s something you want to fix and that there’s an easier way than to do a million crunches and not eating for a few days," he laughed. "It took a lot for me to step over my ego."

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