Bob Costas and NBC 'close to parting ways' after almost 40 years

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"There was a very long period of time when NBC's programming suited my interests and abilities very well, from (hosting the 1988-93 late-night talk show) 'Later, ' to the news magazines, to baseball, the National Basketball Association and the Olympics", Costas told USA Today.

Bob Costas has been with NBC for roughly 40 years.

Costas, who began his tenure with NBC in 1979, reportedly pulls in a seven-figure salary for his limited role. He's now exclusive to NBC, though his work with MLB Network is excepted in that deal.

Costas explained his diminished role to the New York Post in February, saying that it would have been wrong for him to continue with the National Football League coverage after his comments. He then relented and went on to say that there were no hard feelings on either side, but with his decision to stop doing the Olympics and with his antipathy toward football, it may be time for a change.

According to the Post, Costas, 66, wants to work on a journalism show that would give a critical look at sports and possibly other topics. His role at NBC now is an emeritus role, similar to the one that journalist Tom Brokaw has at the network. Costas ended up not hosting last February's Super Bowl after saying football "destroys people's brains".

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"And after deciding on my own to leave the Olympics after having done a dozen of them, you just look around and say, 'What was once a flawless fit no longer fits that description'".

Since stepping back from those two hosting gigs, Costas hasn't been seen on NBC very much. 'It doesn't mean that anyone is angry or upset'.

'It is gratifying that there are a number of places that are anxious to do the sort of thing that I was seldom able to do over the last several years at NBC, ' Costas said.

Costas did not comment on his status at NBC. He was removed from the network's Super Bowl LII pre-show and stepped down from his role as prime-time host of NBC's Olympics coverage in South Korea.

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