The people want Adam Rippon, and the Olympics are definitely providing. The Olympic figure skater joined SNL cast member and Pyeongchang Games super-enthusiast Leslie Jones to offer hilarious commentary on figure skating, and of course, it delivered.
Bronze medalist Rippon has built a nation-wide following for being the first openly gay man to compete for America in the winter games — something he’s done with wit, pride, and a string of amazing tweets and one-liners. So as the one of the most entertaining athletes at the games, it only seemed right that NBC called on Jones, the Olympics’ funniest fan, to join him in commentating.
“Are they getting in trouble for how sexy they are?”@lesdoggg and @adaripp commentating on @tessavirtue and @scottmoir‘s short dance is everything we could have ever wanted. AND MORE. #WinterOlympics https://t.co/fmMl0C4Amf pic.twitter.com/ykkNvv7L5p
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 20, 2018
The two sat down to watch Canadian skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir during their gold medal-winning pairs free dance performance Monday night (Feb.19). The comments ranged from host Terry Gannon’s looks — mainly just about how they agree he’s hot — to their thoughts on skaters’ outfits, something Jones has been doing on her Twitter prior to any official NBC gig.
“She just makes me feel like a women,” Jones said at one point during the performance. Rippon agreed: “I get that, I get that, yeah.”
NBC loves Rippon so much, they actually offered him a legit gig, but he declined the offer, taking to Twitter to explain his reasoning.
I am flattered that NBC wanted me to work as a correspondent for them here in PyeongChang. Doing this would require me to leave Team USA and move out of the Olympic Village. I don’t want to do that so I had to declined the opportunity.
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 19, 2018
It may not have worked this time, so let’s all maybe just hope for some more Rippon-Jones action in Tokyo in 2020.