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Mike Tirico is taking over for Bob Costas as NBC's Olympics host

Mike Tirico is taking over for Bob Costas as NBC's Olympics host

NBC’s longtime Olympics host Bob Costas is handing the torch to Mike Tirico for the 2018 Winter Games, the network announced Thursday.

Tirico will debut as the prime-time host for the network with the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, ending a run for Costas that began in 1992.

Costas, 64, said in a conference call that it was his choice to leave the job after 12 Olympic Games — including 11 as prime-time host — and that he made his decision known to NBC executives more than a year ago. It was not announced, he said, so it would not “get in the way” of the network’s Summer Games coverage in Rio.

“It’s better to leave before they drop hints,” he said. “I didn’t want...

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