Despite the reports from NBC stating Adam Rippon would be doing commentary for the network for the rest of the 2018 Winter Olympics, Adam will not be working for them. The skater confirmed that fact today.
Just fourteen hours after USA Today published a report on his alleged involvement, a source close to the Olympian told the magazine he had turned down the offer.
Not long after the story hit the mainstream press, Rippon went on NBC’s Sports Network to explain his choice. He told Liam McHugh that he was flattered to receive such an offer but wouldn’t do it because then he would have to leave the Olympic village.
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Rippon stated he wants to stay in the village because he worked hard to be on the team and wants to be around his friends whom he’s supported and vice versa.
As it was previously reported, reports stated he would work with the organization because of his on-stage charisma and charm. The network claimed he would work as a correspondent for the rest of the Winter Games in South Korea.
The spokesperson for NBC, Greg Hughes, announced the news to USA Today Sports on Sunday. He claimed the athlete would join the Peacock network in all of their platforms.
Curiously enough, NBC never actually confirmed he was working for them, and instead, jumped the gun and told the whole world about their alleged working relationship.
Sources close to the Olympian stated recently, “Adam would’ve liked to do the job, but it was kind of strange how they assumed he would work for them, without really asking. They got the cart ahead of the horse a little bit when they announced he would be working with them without actually getting Adam’s approval first.”