16:56, February 18 185 0 usmagazine.com

2018-02-18 16:56:03

 

Adam Rippon Hired as NBC Commentator for Remainder of Olympics

NBC execs know TV gold when they see it, which is why they’ve asked Adam Rippon to stick around for the rest of the 2018 Winter Olympics — so he can be a commentator!

The figure skater, 28, will stay in PyeongChang, South Korea, for the remainder of the competition, where he is expected to work on TV, as well as on digital and social media platforms.

US 2018 Winter Olympics Adam Rippon
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Rippon has quickly become a fan favorite with his honest and witty social media posts. On February 13, he tweeted, “To all those who tweet at me saying that they ‘hope I fail’, I have failed many times many times in my life. But more importantly, I’ve learned from every setback, proudly own up to my mistakes, grown from disappointments,” before hilariously adding, “And now I’m a glamazon bitch ready for the runway.”

He’s also caught heat — and praise — for publicly calling out Vice President Mike Pence over gay rights, and stating that he would not visit the White House to meet President Donald Trump if his team is asked to.

The athlete, who won a bronze medal in the team skating event, has really had a life-changing couple of weeks. In addition to wrapping up his first Olympic competition, he also made history as the first openly gay man to compete for the United States in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

The Scranton, Pennsylvania, native is finding himself in high regard in Hollywood too. Over the weekend, Sally Field tried to play matchmaker in the hopes of setting Rippon up with her son, while Britney Spears tweeted him to let him know she is a fan! Rippon quickly responded, “I could feel you on the ice with me @britneyspears. I now have an OVERWHELMING desire to post Instagram fashion shows, google stock imagines of corn, and paint on the balcony of my dorm in the Olympic village. Thank you for not being in denial, LOVE YOU.”

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