NBC has never been objective towards President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Their latest move is more proof of that.
Adam Rippon made a name for himself at the Winter Olympics, but not for anything the skater did on the ice. He finished tenth in the Single Free program, and he could only manage a bronze as part of the team competition. However, he used his sexuality as a marketing gimmick, making a name for himself as the first openly gay Olympian on Team USA.
He also made headlines by saying he will boycott a visit to the White House to protest President Trump, and he has openly mocked Vice President Mike Pence over his faith and views towards homosexuality.
It should be no surprise, then, that NBC has rewarded Rippon by hiring him as a correspondent for the remainder of the Winter Olympics.
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The figure skater, 28, has been one of the breakout stars of the Games, thanks to his apologetically bold personality and the fact he is the first openly gay man to win a medal for the United States at any Winter Olympics.
He will give commentary for all of NBC’s platforms on television, digital and social media, USA Today reported.
Rippon, who won a bronze metal in the team skating competition, has made headlines for his hilarious and sometimes controversial comments.
During an interview with USA Today, the athlete took issue with Vice President Mike Pence leading the U.S. delegation in South Korea.
‘You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?’ he said. ‘I’m not buying it.’
He has also said he will be one of a few athletes who won’t be attending a post-Olympics celebration hosted by president Trump at the White House.
Donald Trump Jr took to Twitter last week to slam the wildly popular pro-athlete after Rippon said that despite his comments, he didn’t want ‘his Olympic experience to be about Mike Pence.’
‘Really? Then Perhaps you shouldn’t have spent the past few weeks talking about him. I haven’t heard him mention you once???,’ Trump Jr. penned in the post.
Before he got bronze, Adam and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy this year became the first open gay men to even compete at the Winter Olympics for the United States.
Rippon finished in 10th place at the Men’s Single Free Program this Saturday.