Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon (who Sally Field is trying to set up with her gay son) has pulled out of a job as a correspondent for NBC at the Winter Games in South Korea.
News broke Sunday that Rippon, one of the first openly gay U.S. athletes to compete at the Olympics, was being hired to work for NBC as a commentator 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.
But Rippon said hours later that although he was “so flattered” by NBC’s offer, he decided against the opportunity because it would mean leaving his U.S. teammates and moving out of the Olympic Village.
On Twitter, Rippon wrote: “I 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.”
“I 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’m very excited for the rest of the competition. Go Team USA!!!”
“It’s so important to me, you know, I worked so hard to be on this Olympic team, and my teammates and my friends were there for me during my events, and that meant so much to me, that I really 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 now redirects readers to his Olympic profile page.