Laugh Track....Ceremonial Visit
Published November 21, 2012
NBC’s Bob Costas appeared last night on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” where Costas and host Jimmy Fallon talked about their time together at the London Games. When asked if he likes broadcasting the Olympics, Costas said, “I like almost everything about the Olympics, except I have a slight problem with the Opening Ceremony. The Opening Ceremony is kind of the bane of my existence. … It's sort of a cross between a U.N. Security Council meeting and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which you're part of tomorrow. So why don't they just take me out of my misery and have like Kofi Annan and Mary Hart do it and leave me alone.” Fallon said, “You don't want to do it anymore because you would just have to comment on their outfits.” Costas said that “when you’ve got 200-plus countries marching in and you have to have a note on each of them: ‘Did you know that Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid met their doom in Bolivia?’ That's my Bolivia note.” Laughing, Fallon said, “That's, like, painful.” Fallon said NBC’s “FNIA” being on Thanksgiving primetime is “huge for us.” Costas: “This is the first time that there’s been a Thanksgiving night game on NBC” (“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” NBC, 11/20).
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Pro Football HOFer Emmitt Smith and U.S. speedskater Apolo Ohno were both eliminated from ABC’s “DWTS” last night. Co-host Brooke Burke told Ohno that he “has been the consummate professional.” Ohno: “This show is amazing for far beyond just what the Mirror Ball Trophy has in store for people and every single person who does this show is a champion” (“DWTS,” ABC, 11/20). After being eliminated, Smith and Ohno, along with their dance partners Cheryl Burke and Karina Smirnoff, appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” later last night. Host Jimmy Kimmel said Smith and Ohno were both “champions of sport and dancing who tonight tasted the most bitter Thanksgiving dish of all, defeat.” Kimmel said if Smith and Ohno had been eliminated in their respective sports, they would “not be in a good mood that night.” Ohno: “But this is different.” Kimmel replied, “This is different because it’s not really a sport and it’s nonsense.” Kimmel asked Smith, “Which is more painful: Losing tonight or watching the Cowboys play football?” Smith: “Watching the Cowboys play football right now” (“Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ABC, 11/20).