Adam Rippon may be done skating at this year’s Winter Olympics, but thankfully that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of him.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon, the openly gay Olympic team bronze medalist who has become one of the best-known names at these Games, has been hired by NBC to work as a correspondent during the remainder of the Olympics, NBC spokesman Greg Hughes told USA TODAY Sports Sunday evening.
Rippon, 28, will work for the network on a variety of platforms, including television, digital and social media, Hughes said.
Always outspoken, Rippon made news in mid-January when he criticized Vice President Pence in a story in USA TODAY. When Pence fired back little more than an hour after the story appeared online, Rippon’s profile was on the rise.
Oh, also for his sass — an element of his personality that will likely be on full display as he spends the rest of the Olympics working as an NBC correspondent.
That’s right, NBC offered Rippon a gig, and according to USA Today Sports he accepted. That means we’ll see his beauty on TV, digital streams, and social media.
I am flattered that NBC wanted me to work as a correspondent for them here in PyeongChang. Doing this would require me to leave Team USA and move out of the Olympic Village. I don’t want to do that so I had to declined the opportunity.
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 19, 2018
With everything going on in the media about me this Valentine’s Day I don’t want people to get distracted and forget how beautiful I am (on the outside)
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 14, 2018
Rippon’s numerous fan, unsurprisingly, couldn’t be happier about the news — or just generally more in love with the self-described icon.
ADAM RIPPON OUT HERE GETTING THAT SWEET SWEET NBC CHECK, THAT’S MY BABY AND I’M SO PROUD.
— mariah (@callofthewind) February 18, 2018
guys I love Adam Rippon so much
— asher☆ (@justlovehoying) February 18, 2018
I’m stanning @Adaripp so hard;;; an ICON
— maddog (@restyrskull) February 18, 2018
This represents a change in plans for Rippon, who had previously told Good Morning America that his post-Olympics itinerary included something a little different to prime-time commentary.
“I’m going to go to Target, and I’m going to get a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc Oyster Bay with the twist top,” he proclaimed. “Yeah. Uh-huh. Immediately.”
Thankfully for all of Rippon’s fans out there, that Sauvignon Blanc will have to wait — at least until after the 2018 Winter Olympics come to a close.