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Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
NBC: We did not fire Opening Ceremony analyst who offended Koreans
Asia expert Joshua Cooper Ramo was only hired to analyze the Opening Ceremony, so his job with the PyeongChang Games is over, NBC said in disputing widespread reports that he was fired. NBC had to apologize for Ramo for saying, "every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation." ALSO: Sunday's ratings were below the first Sunday of the past two Winter Olympics.
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 6:58AM EST
NBC's Winter Olympics coverage has become the "Apology Olympics"
NBC dumped analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo after he offended South Koreans by saying during the Opening Ceremony, "every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, and technological, and economic example, has been so important to their own transformation." NBC also apologized for his comment. "If the Olympics gave out medals for apologies, NBC Sports would be in great shape at the 2018 Winter Games," says Michael McCarthy. "Over three days of coverage, the Peacock network has been busy apologizing, or trying to explain on-air gaffes and profanity by analysts and athletes, a tape delay for the first U.S gold medal and a 'wardrobe malfunction' that rekindled network nightmares of Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl."
- About 28.3 million watched the Opening Ceremony, down from 31.7 million for the Sochi Olympics
- Watch the 23 minutes that NBC edited out of the Opening Ceremony
- NBC turned the Opening Ceremony into a dull social studies report
- There was something "lyrical and occasionally irresistible at the core" of the Opening Ceremony