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Olympics Update: Meredith Vieira Becomes the First Female Host of NBC’s Olympics Coverage

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And it only took an eye infection so bad that an anchor became temporarily blind. Bob Costas, NBC’s long time host of their prime time Olympics coverage, has unfortunately come down with a pretty extreme eye infection just in time for the beginning of this year’s games. As long as he could still read notes and sit in a bright room, he was game to continue the job, but for the past three days, Matt Lauer has filled in. The Olympics and The Today Show make a pretty demanding schedule for Lauer, so starting tonight, NBC anchor Meredith Vieira will be filling in until Costas can make it back from sick leave. This will make her the first woman to ever host NBC’s primetime Olympics coverage solo.

But that’s not the only thing that’s happened since our last Olympics update:

(photo credit to Brendan Mcdermid / Reuters/Reuters)

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