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Bob Costas set to return to Olympic coverage Monday night after eye infection

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After being sidelined with an eye infection for most of the past week, NBC announced on Sunday that Bob Costas will be back in the studio tomorrow to take over anchor duties once again for the network's primetime Olympic coverage.

The broadcaster's absence, which was forced when his vision and light sensitivity grew worse with the infection, was noteworthy (and the subject of several jokes throughout the Games) in that it was his first time away from the camera for Olympic coverage since the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

NBC said that "Today" anchor Matt Lauer, who took over for Costas three nights last week, will host the network's evening telecast one more time on Sunday before Costas returns. "Today" alum Meredith Vieira, meanwhile, anchored the time slot Friday and Saturday, making her the first woman to anchor the primetime show solo.

Costas, 61, had previously told Ryan Seacrest that he actually feels fine and was hoping to be back at the news desk this weekend. Barring that, he was "certain" he'd be able to at least anchor primetime coverage for the second half of the Games.

"The virus, they tell me, won't run its course for two or three weeks, but the symptoms will crest at their worst and start to get better pretty soon, so as soon as the symptoms get to the point where I can be in the studio, I'll be there," he said on Seacrest's radio show Thursday.

Monday's slate of primetime Olympic coverage will include ice dancing's free dance, men's snowboard cross finals, men's freestyle skiing, and men's ski jumping.



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