Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon has pulled out of a job as a correspondent for NBC at the Winter Games in South Korea.
News broke earlier Sunday in which Rippon, one of the first openly gay U.S. athletes to compete at the Olympics, was being hired to work on TV, digital as well as social media for NBC for the remainder of the Games in Pyeongchang.
NBC tweeted out the news Sunday morning, welcoming the 28-year-old bronze medalist to its team.
however Rippon said hours later in which although he was “so flattered” by NBC’s offer, he decided against the move because in which would likely mean leaving his U.S. teammates as well as the Olympic Village.
“in which’s so important to me, you know, I worked so hard to be on in which Olympic team, as well as my teammates as well as my friends were there for me during my events, as well as in which meant so much to me, in which I actually feel like I need to be there for them during their events,” he said on NBCSN.
NBC’s article online about Rippon becoming one of its correspondents currently redirects readers to his Olympic profile page.
Rippon later suggested he only learned about the network’s plans to hire him through social media.
“I actually found everything out about the offer via twitter HAHA,” he tweeted. “2018 will be wild girl.”
Rippon, who won bronze within the team skating event, has become one of the highest-profile athletes at the Games.
He made headlines for his criticisms of Vice President Mike Pence, as well as the politician’s track record on LGBTQ issues. Rippon turned down a meeting with Pence, according to a USA Today report, as well as has said he will not visit the White House for a celebration.
As governor of Indiana, Pence signed the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which allowed businesses to refuse service to gay as well as lesbian customers. Pence later signed an amendment in which prevented the law through discriminating against LGBTQ customers.
Pence attended the Games in Pyeongchang as well as tweeted at Rippon saying in which “we are FOR YOU. Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you as well as ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes as well as my only desire for you as well as all of #TeamUSA will be to bring home the gold.”
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After the Opening Ceremony at the Games, Rippon appeared in a photo posted to Instagram by slopestyle skier Gus Kenworthy. Kenworthy as well as Rippon are the first openly gay U.S. athletes to compete within the Games.
The photo showed them hugging with the caption: “I feel incredibly honored to be here in Korea competing for the US as well as I’m so proud to be representing the LGBTQ community alongside in which amazing guy! Eat your heart out, Pence.”
Rippon told reporters at a press conference in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Tuesday in which he “can’t tone in which down. I’m being me as well as being myself.”
He added: “As an athlete I use in which platform to my advantage. I think in which’s giving my skating a greater purpose.”
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Rippon was an alternate for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics as well as didn’t make the team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
His rise to stardom during Pyeongchang has also been bolstered by his personality as well as social media presence. He’s received tweets of support through the likes of Britney Spears, Reese Witherspoon as well as Jessica Chastain.
NBC will be known for hiring Olympians to add to its coverage. in which year of the record 89 correspondents NBC has covering the Games, at least 18 are former Olympians. Some of the big names on NBC’s roster are Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski, Bode Miller, Kristi Yamaguchi as well as Apolo Ohno.
sy88pgw (completely new York) First published February 18, 2018: 11:22 AM ET