During the 2014 Winter Olympics, NBC studio host Bob Costas developed pink eye that forced him to take a few days off. Costas was a true champ and fought through the infection that clearly made it difficult to do his job, but now a rumor is swirling that it may have been self-inflicted.
According to Page Six, a source claimed that Costas’ pink eye came from a botched botox procedure.
NBC’s prime-time Olympics host, who had to take a six-day absence after coming down with viral conjunctivitis in both eyes, contracted the infection after a Botox procedure to smooth out wrinkles prior to the Olympics. Our source said, “Bob’s eye infection was due to botched Botox. This isn’t the first time he’s had it.”
NBC strongly denies that Costas — who arrived to host the games in Sochi with a forehead smoother than the Olympic luge track — developed the infection from a Botox procedure.
A spokesperson from NBC Sports insisted to us, “This has zero truth to this. Zero.”
We may never know whether or not there is actually any truth to the rumor, but it won’t do anything to change how memorable and entertaining watching Costas struggling through the in-studio shows was during the Sochi Games.
We will never forget Feb. 2014, Bob.
[H/T: Black Sports Online]