A few weeks ago, America’s collective shaming of NBC was approaching gratuitous levels. How many times can a nation complain about Ryan Seacrest’s Olympics interviews? But by now, the wave of criticism has ebbed — meaning that we can once more enjoy well-worded Peacock disses, especially if they’re delivered in Bob Costas’s dulcet tones.
The sportscaster visited his ex network-mate Conan O’Brien last night. In between anecdotes about Yogi Berra and his old job as an encyclopedia salesman, Costas was asked if he was pleased, in the end, with NBC’s London telecasts. That led Costas to give an inspired little speech about how the network chose to air a “monkey in a lab coat” instead of a Closing Ceremony performance by the Who. He ended with this zinger: “I’m sure you’d be the first to attest, Conan, that when it comes to the tough calls, NBC usually gets it right.”
See Costas burn the hand that feeds him below: