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Bob Costas Mocks NBC's Olympic Coverage: 'Monkey In A Lab Coat'

In an appearance on 'Conan' this week, Bob Costas said he wasn't always happy with the way NBC handled coverage of the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

"I thought were doing well headed to the finish line," Costas told host Conan O'Brien. "We get right to the end of the closing ceremony. They extinguish the flame."

"And the final act in a closing ceremony that had iconic British pop acts... the final act is the Who. And NBC decides at that moment that they should provide America with a sneak preview of 'Animal Practice' and come back an hour later and have the Who."

"'Animal Practice' is evidently a comedy, at least we're hoping it is," Costas explained, "that revolves around a veterinary practice and one of the doctors is a chimpanzee."

"So here is the balance that NBC has to consider: The Who, 'Animal Practice.' Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend... a monkey in a lab coat."

"I'm sure you'd be the first to attest, Conan, that when it comes to the tough calls, NBC usually gets them right," he quipped.

O'Brien, who left NBC after being replaced with Leno on 'The Tonight Show', was overjoyed with criticism of the network.

September 14, 2012 |

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