NBC News and TODAY correspondent Meredith Vieira will fill in for Bob Costas as host of the NBC Olympics primetime show on Friday night, making history as the first time a woman has ever solo hosted Olympics primetime coverage.
Costas, who until Tuesday night had hosted every NBC-aired Olympic primetime show since 1988, has been battling an eye infection since arriving in Sochi and has not hosted the show since Monday night. TODAY host Matt Lauer filled in for Costas from Tuesday through Thursday night.
Vieira has served as a TODAY correspondent throughout the Sochi Games and teamed with Lauer to provide commentary during the Opening Ceremony. She previously served as a correspondent during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Friday’s primetime show will air on NBC from 8 – 11:30 p.m. ET, and will feature coverage of Bode Miller‘s and Ted Ligety‘s attempts to medal in the men’s Alpine skiing super-combined, Noelle Pikus-Pace‘s inspirational run at a skeleton medal, the crowning of a men’s figure skating gold medalist and more.