NBC Olympics: Bob Costas Out?!?

Bob Costas passed the Olympic hosting torch to....Mike Tirico                                     

After serving as NBC's prime-time Olympic host since 1992, Costas is stepping down and handing duties over to Mike Tirico beginning with the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, NBC announced Thursday.

"It has been both a privilege and an incredible personal and professional experience to have been part of NBC's Olympic coverage all these years,'' Costas said in a statement.  "It's been a wonderful run, but I just felt now was the right time to step away and I'm grateful that NBC left that decision to me."

During his award-winning 25-year stint, Costas hosted 11 Olympics between the Summer and Winter Games. He's won 27 Emmy Awards, more than any sports broadcaster in history.

Costas, who has been with NBC for 37 years, will continue to serve in multiple roles with NBC Sports and NBC News.

As for Mike Tirico, he has already served as the daytime host for NBC's coverage of last year's Olympic Games in Rio.

Since coming over from ESPN to NBC in July 2016, Tirico also has served as host of Football Night in America, the U.S. Open and the Ryder Cup, as well as handling play-by-play duties for Sunday Night Football, Thursday Night Football, and Notre Dame football.

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