Matt Lauer Filling In as Olympics Host as Bob Costas Battles Eye Infection

Matt Lauer Filling In as Olympics Host as Bob Costas Battles Eye Infection
Bob Costas and Matt Lauer
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updated 02/11/2014 at 08:00 PM EST

originally published 02/11/2014 01:05PM

The eye's had it.

Matt Lauer may not be going for gold, but the longtime Today show host will be pinch-hitting for buddy Bob Costas Tuesday as the NBC Winter Olympics host takes a night off to battle an icky-looking eye infection, which has forced him to wear Harry Potter-style glasses on air.

"Let's hope it's only tonight," Costas, 61, told Lauer live on Today Tuesday. "I'm walking around, I might as well be playing 'Marco Polo.' I have no idea where I am."

"I'm happy to keep his chair warm, although I might Purell it before I sit in it," Lauer jokingly replied.



Costas is something of an Olympic institution. No one else has anchored a prime-time summer or winter Olympic broadcast in the U.S. since 1998, when CBS had the rights to broadcast the games.

On NBC's late-night telecast, Costas shared a vodka toast with correspondent Mary Carillo and said, "I'm looking at it this way ... my eyes can't get any redder."



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