Adam Rippon will not serve as a correspondent for the rest of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics for NBC.
USA Todaypreviously reported that Rippon had been offered a gig with the network following his rise to media fame after helping his team win a bronze in the team figure skating event. He'd also made headlines for declining to meet with Mike Pence, who apparently wanted to gloss things over concerning his previous documented support of gay conversion therapy.
Rippon did not take on the gig because it would have required he move out of the Olmypic village, "relinquish his official Olympic standing, give up his Olympic credential," and forfeit the right to march in the Closing Ceremony. He explained his decision last night in the following tweets:
\u201cI 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.\u201d
\u201cI love being on Team USA and representing our country. My teammates were there for me during my events, and now I NEED to be there for them. I look forward to being with them, and I\u2019m very excited for the rest of the competition. Go Team USA!!!\u201d