Internet explodes as MEREDITH VIEIRA quickly replaces MATT LAUER in NBC Olympic hot seat.
With Bob Costas on the sidelines with rampant pink eye, the Peacock put Matt lauer in his stead but he lasted ever so briefly.
In an historic Sochi Shakeup, NBC gave Lauer the hook and brought in Vieira to replace the pooped Today show kingpin.
Reaction to Lauer’s three nights hosting the prime time broadcast was harsh, with viewers ranting on Twitter about their displeasure. Among the tweets: @LoRo214: It’s only been an hour, and I’m already over Matt Lauer. #bringbobback #pinkeye #Olympics2014; @Krystyn88: For sure I thought that Bob Costas with 2 pink eyes was terrible. And then they brought in Matt Lauer; @ChrisRossSports: Not to be mean, but how funny would it be if Matt Lauer got pink eye?;
Vieira will be the first woman to anchor prime time Olympics.
“It’s an honor to fill in for (Bob),” Vieira said.
It’s not like you’re going to Mars, Meredith – THAT actually would be historic.