Friday, March 7, 2014

Bob Costas' Olympic pink eye blamed on botched Botox: Report

Bob Costas was a sight for sore eyes — especially his own — during NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi after contracting pink eye.

Now the New York Post's Page Six is suggesting the network's prime-time Olympic host may have inadvertently caught the nasty eye virus while having Botox injections.

At one point during The Games, Costas' had to take six days off to recover, and was replaced by Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer because the viral conjunctivitis had become so bad and spread to both eyes.

The 61-year-old Costas tried to cover up the redness by wearing thick glasses. But after five days of blurred vision and light sensitivity made it impossible for him to be on air, Costas took six days off and returned on Feb 17.

Costas and NBC have flatly denied the claim that Botox played any part in the sportscasters' condition.

However eagle-eyed viewers noted how smooth Costas' forehead was during the high definition coverage of the Sochi games.

A spokesperson from NBC Sports insisted to the New York Post: "This has zero truth to this. Zero."

On the first day of NBC's primetime coverage, Costas appeared on camera wearing eyeglasses instead of his usual contact lenses, explaining that he had a medical problem with his eyes, which appeared swollen and red.

During another broadcast he joked about his red, watery and puffy left eye.

"I have no choice to go all Peabody and Sherman on you for the next couple of nights since I woke up this morning with my left eye swollen shut and just about as red as the old Soviet flag."

Following the primetime broadcast, the eye became a trending topic on Twitter, spawning numerous jokes and even a parody account.

Costas, who has been NBC's Olympic presenter since 1992, admitted that he was miserable throughout the entire ordeal.

Doctors say it is rare to contract an infection from a Botox injection, unless there was some sort of contamination or the patient suffered an allergic reaction.

Only his doctor knows for sure.

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