Bob Costas announces his NBC career is over

Veteran broadcaster Bob Costas is stepping down from his longtime role with NBC Sports.

Costas told the New York Post of the decision Tuesday, which the network confirmed with the paper.

“It’s all settled quietly and happily for all concerned,” Costas told The Post.

Costas also told The Post he will continue to do work for MLB Network and is considering pursuing a long-form interview show.

Costas, NBC reached agreement last year

Costas said the the two sides reached the agreement last year, but decided to keep things quiet.

Mike Tirico joined NBC from ESPN in 2016 and stepped into the iconic primetime Olympics studio host role that Costas held since 1988 during last February’s coverage of the Pyeongchang Games.

Costas had also stepped away from his role in NBC’s NFL coverage on “Football Night in America.” An outspoken advocate of CTE awareness, Costas has been critical of the inherent physical dangers of football and was not a part of the network’s Super Bowl coverage last season.

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Event Master of ceremonies Bob Costas attends the 32nd Annual Great Sports Legends dinner at New York Hilton Midtown on September 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Bob Costas speaks onstage during the 32nd Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner To Benefit The Miami Project/Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis at New York Hilton Midtown on September 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis )
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Sportscaster Bob Costas participates in Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC and GFI at Cantor Fitzgerald on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Sportscaster Bob Costas attends Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC and GFI at Cantor Fitzgerald on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Bob Costas and Jill Costas attend 2017 Education Through Music Children's Benefit Gala on June 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NBC SPORTS EVENTS -- Pictured: Bob Costas (right), who has served as NBC?s primetime host for a U.S. record 11 Olympics, passes the Olympic torch to Mike Tirico (left), who will make his debut as NBC?s primetime Olympic host at The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, in 2018 -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC Sports/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11: Sunday Night Football commentator Bob Costas sits on set before the NFL game between the New England Patriots and the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. New England won 23-21. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
2016 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES -- Pictured: Bob Costas, Primetime Host -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 407 -- Pictured: Sportscaster Bob Costas during an interview on August 23, 2016 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
2016 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES -- Pictured: Bob Costas (center) poses with U.S. Gymnasts (l-r) Simone Biles and Aly Raisman on August 17, 2016 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Sportscaster Bob Costas, Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo and Autism Speaks co-founder Bob Wright attend Lead Off For A Cure: Autism Speaks and Major League Baseball join forces at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art on May 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Autism Speaks)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Bob Costas and Jill Sutton attend Lead Off For A Cure: Autism Speaks and Major League Baseball join forces at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art on May 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Autism Speaks)
PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 16: Bob Costas announces for NBC before the Arizona Cardinals game against the Green Bay Packers at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Packers 26-20. (Photo by Rob Leiter via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 16: Bob Costas of NBC Sports talk before the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Sportscaster Bob Costas and wife Jill Sutton arrive at the AFI FEST 2015 Presented By Audi Centerpiece Gala Premiere of Columbia Pictures' 'Concussion' at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 10, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 10: (L-R) Actor Will Smith, Jill Sutton, Sportcaster Bob Costas and director/writer Peter Landesman attend the Centerpiece Gala Premiere of Columbia Pictures' 'Concussion' during AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 10, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 13: Television announcer Bob Costas watches the Houston Texans warm up before playing against the New England Patriots on December 13, 2015 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 20: Bob Costas attends the Sports Business Awards 2015 at The New York Marriott Marquis on May 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Bob Costas of NBC covers the Andy Lee Peter versus Quillin fight during the Premier Boxing Champions Middleweight bout at Barclays Center on April 11, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0200 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sportscaster Bob Costas during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on January 22, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
December 7, 2014: San Diego, California; USA; NBC Sports commentator Bob Costas during the NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. (Photo by Tom Walko/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Sportscaster Bob Costas (L) and Creator of TV show 'Mad Men' Matthew Weiner attend the 24th Annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall Of Fame Awards at The Waldorf Astoria on October 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 28: NBC Sports personality Bob Costas does the pregame broadcast from the sidline in the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints at AT&T Stadium on September 28, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
28 SEPTEMBER 2014: NBC Sports Cris Collinsworth and Bob Costas during a regular season NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Ray Carlin/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Rumors started in 2018

Rumors of Costas’ impending departure swirled last August, with The Post reporting then that he was no longer satisfied with his role at NBC and sought to escape the contractual constraints that kept him from pursuing other projects.

“Sometimes you get to a point where it is not a fit anymore,” Costas told The Post then without confirming his imminent departure. “It doesn’t mean that anyone is angry or upset.”

Costas, 66, has worked for NBC since 1979. He has covered Super Bowls, Olympic Games, World Series, NBA Finals and Triple Crown horse races. His contract was scheduled to run through 2021. Costas declined to go into detail with The Post about the agreement other than to note the terms were agreed upon “more than fairly.”

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