One of the most talked-about stories from the 2018 Olympics Opening Ceremony isn’t about who was in it, but rather who was reporting on it.
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Katie Couric fans were largely thrilled when it was announced that, in a move many saw as a message to former “Today” Show co-host Matt Lauer, she would be representing NBC at the games.
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) February 9, 2018
— Nicole Wethington (@zeroslashseven) February 10, 2018
— Stephanie Backus (@StephanieBackus) February 10, 2018
Katie Couric is doing the #OpeningCeremony commentary. Somewhere, Matt Lauer just bit his tongue really really hard. (At least I hope so.)
— Lori Coleman (@MsDucky42) February 10, 2018
However, some had issues with what she and cohost Mike Tirico discussed during the Olympics Opening Ceremony, arguing that instead of going on about the politics and tense relationship between North and South Korea, they should have focused on the cooperative spirit of the games:
South Korea: “Hey we’re a pretty swell country, we have the Olympics this year how abo-“
NBC: “HOW ABOUT THAT NORTH KOREA WHO WILL KILL EVERYONE HUH HOW ABOUT THAT DON’T WORRY ABOUT THAT’
— AlternateHistoryHub (@AltHistoryHub) February 10, 2018
— Larry O’Connor (@LarryOConnor) February 10, 2018
Mike Tirico: “Twenty percent of Puerto Rico is still without power.”
Katie Couric: “I’m sure that’s a big boost . . . to see these athletes come marching in.”
Katie, dear . . . that’s not how television works. #OpeningCeremony
— Josh Maher (@jwmaher5) February 10, 2018
can I please just watch the opening ceremony exploring Korean cultural history without effing Katie Couric and these dudes narrating over it like it’s animal planet
— Ryan D Gantz, JFC (@sixfoot6) February 10, 2018
#OpeningCeremony Was gonna stay positive, but I don’t know what’s more annoying – listening to Katie Couric yak or watching Lindsey Vonn monopolize the camera. Which would’ve been fine had she not told us her bird-brain political views.
— EconChick/IntelChick (@MikayesFiona) February 10, 2018
Some of the quotes in question:
Tirico: “[Korea is a] very mountainous country. Seventy percent of Korea is mountains. It had a huge impact on how Korean culture eventually developed.”
Couric: “South Korea has more tech rehab centers, primarily for video game addicts, than any other nation except for China.”
Couric on speed skating: “NASCAR on ice”
Were you happy to see Couric back as an NBC host? What do you think about her Olympics coverage so far?