Bob Costas leaving NBC after 40 years
Bob Costas is officially leaving NBC.
The legendary sportscaster and 28-time Emmy Award-winning journalist is wrapping up a 40-year career at the network, according to the New York Post.
“It’s all settled quietly and happily for all concerned,” Costas, 66, told the publication.
An NBC representative confirmed with the Post that Costas no longer worked for the network without offering details on how the two sides settled the remaining years on a mutimillion-dollar contract that ran through 2021.
Costas told the newspaper his contract was reconciled “more than fairly” but also did not reveal the final settlement.
He started working for NBC in 1979 and was the face of the network’s Olympics coverage for 11 Games, from 1992 through 2016, including his infamous, on-air bout of pink eye in 2014. Last year, Costas stepped aside for Mike Tirico to take over the hosting duties for the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Costas, 66, remains employed by the MLB Network and is open to hosting a talk show if the right opportunity comes along.
“If I do anything else, it will be a hybrid of my HBO show and ‘Later,’” Costas told the Post, referring to his NBC talk show that aired from 1988-1993 and his HBO show program that followed.
“I have some possibilities, but I have to decide what I want to do,” he said.