NBC is hoping their Winter Olympics TV coverage will help viewers forget about Conan O’Brien.
On Wednesday’s episode of The Colbert Report, comedian Stephen missed out on his personal bid to qualify to the Vancouver Games as a U.S. Olympic athlete. (He thought it owed to him after he led a fundraising drive that collected $300,000 for USA Speedskating.)
It came down to this: a race between world champion speedskater Shani Davis and Colbert. The winner would get the last position on the U.S. Olympic Speedskating Team to Vancouver.
Shani had called Colbert “a Jerk”. This was a grudge match.
On the bright side, after the loss Colbert was named “Assistant Sports Psychologist” to the Team. He’s coming to Vancouver.
Event better, on the same T.V. show, NBC Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol invited Colbert to join NBC as a colour commentator, saying he could give updates on Shani Davis.
Colbert will be one of the highlights of these Games for me.