Mike Tirico has failed to do something to remember in his first week as the new Olympics host of NBC. The network might be surprised with the reviews of the first week.
"Why does Mike Tirico exist?" Willa Paskin asks.
NBC had an opportunity to choose the right person for the Olympic host a year back after Bob Costas stepped down after a decade of service. Paskin jokingly said:
"In selecting Costas’ replacement, NBC has essentially reupholstered that old chair. The network picked 51-year-old former Monday Night Football play-by-play guy Mike Tirico, who looks like a nearsighted turtle, which can only have helped him land a job for which an avuncular mien must be a plus."
Will has also pointed out Tirico's interview with Shaun White. Tirico, married to Debbie Tirico, and White were both accused of sexual harassment in the past.
She also pointed the fact that Tirico had promised to e less political than Costas. "Tirico has promised to be less political than Costas, and he’s done nothing in his first week on set to suggest he’ll rock the Olympics boat," she said. "If Costas was a shishito pepper—nine times out of 10, not spicy at all!—then Tirico is a banana pepper—maybe after a few days in vinegar he’d sort of make your mouth tingle. Tirico has ably stepped into the job of host by doing nothing memorable, all while emitting a faint whiff of being perfectly pleasant."