Try not to look surprised by this one…
Extrovert US figure skater Johnny Weir has joined Nine’s Olympic presentation team.
A Nine Press Release for tonight’s broadcast says, “US figure skating sensation Johnny Weir joins the team to give his unique take on figure skating, fashion and all things Olympic Games.”
Nine’s sudden love affair with Weir as a star of the games follows the comments last week by Eddie McGuire that caused a furore and were labelled homophobic.
Weir had a face to face interview with a contrite McGuire on Sunday in which he showed good spirit, and indicated he would love to visit Australia. The skater, who finished fifth in his event, has never retreated from publicity including having his own cable reality series Be Good Johnny Weir.
The flamboyant performer has helped Nine’s Olympic coverage attract both publicity and ratings since last week’s controversy.
Comedian Mick Molloy also returns to the coverage tonight following a brief stint at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.