Adam Rippon Turns Down a Lucrative Deal with NBC to Support Teammates

22 February, 2018, 01:28 | Author: Conrad Doyle
  • Gay athletes use their platform at the Pyeongchang Olympic Games

Olympic skater Adam Rippon has turned down NBC's offer to be an on-air commentator for the network's Olympics coverage.

Rippon was offered a position by NBC after becoming one of the breakout stars of these Games, helping the Americans win a bronze in the team event.

Rippon has been an extremely vocal critic of Vice President Pence. An amendment with protections for the LGBT community was passed a week later. I want to represent my country to the best of my abilities. The opening ceremony is tomorrow. His personality - he proudly told The Associated Press in November he's "a little trashy, but really fun" - cemented his Olympic stardom, catching attention from stars including Reese Witherspoon and Elmo.

He tweeted: 'I am flattered that NBC wanted me to work as a correspondent for them here in PyeongChang. Don't let fake news distract you.

Rippon's mother, Kelly Rippon, told CNN she objected to the vice president calling the story "fake news".

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According to Bleacher Report's Joon Lee, Rippon said he would celebrate with a stiff drink. "That repetition of that term I don't think is good". USA Today points out that NBC's choice to feature Rippon is significant, because it tangentially endorses his hard line against the Trump presidency.

Rippon also said he will not attend Team USA's White House visit.

Pence's press secretary, Alyssa Farah, was quick to respond with a sharp rebuke.

Rippon was mentioning Pence's support of "gay conversion therapy" earlier in his political career.

"I mean, after the competition I'll have an open conversation", Rippon said, "but ..."

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Enjoy the Olympics. I'll keep my focus on spring training. Maybe I can get my cable bill reduced'. I'm trying to stay focused. Rippon, along with skier Lindsey Vonn, have declared they will not join other USA athletes at the White House in a post-Olympic celebration. I'll assume NBC had already hired figure skating analysts who were more than capable of covering every round of the Olympics, and they didn't need to add another.

I guess that statement comes with an important qualifier.

"I think coming to the Olympics has been a really wonderful opportunity for me to share my viewpoint".

The broadcaster had planned to propel the bronze medallist, who has come out as gay, to prime time TV stardom after seeing that he had become a bit hit with viewers and trended worldwide as number one on Twitter.

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