It would not be surprising if NBC News got some complaints when they recently announced they were hiring Adam Rippon. He has used his time in the spotlight at the Olympics to repeatedly insult the Vice President of the United States.
The official reason he’s giving for not taking the job is that he doesn’t want to be separated from his fellow athletes.
Winter Olympics: Adam Rippon Turns Down NBC Correspondent Position, Net Struggles With Broadcast Gaffes — Update
After some thought, Adam Rippon has decided to decline the offer of becoming an NBC correspondent for the remainder of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Earlier today, it was announced that the figure skater, who has become a prominent highlight of these Games, was going to have his hand at commentary. However, he has decided to turn down the offer after he realized he would have to give up his Olympic standing and credential for the position. By joining NBC as a correspondent, he wouldn’t be allowed to participate in the closing ceremony.
“I am so flattered that NBC wanted me to work as a correspondent, but if I took this opportunity, I would have to leave the Olympic team and I would have to leave the (Olympic) Village,” he said in an initial interview with NBCSN (via USA Today). “It’s so important to me, you know, I worked so hard to be on this Olympic team, and my teammates and my friends were there for me during my events, and that meant so much to me, that I really feel like I need to be there for them during their events.”
Whatever the reason, this is good news. He didn’t deserve to be rewarded for his behavior.