Adam Rippon Turns Down NBC Olympic Commentator Gig

Out figure skater Adam Rippon has decided to decline NBC’s offer to be a correspondent for the remainder of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

It was widely reported Rippon, who’s garnered fans (and headlines) throughout the games, would be a commentator now that his event was over. But he reversed his decision after learning taking the gig would force him to give up his Olympic standing and credentials, and mean he couldn’t participate in the closing ceremony.

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“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 told NBC Sports. “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.”

On Twitter, the 28-year-old added, “I actually found everything out about the offer via twitter… 2018 is wild girl.”

Here’s hoping we see Adam next to Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinksi at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

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