Q. In the interview with Costas on Tuesday after the first individual gold, Phelps seemed so mature and even maybe wise about his Olympics career coming to an end. For Phelps, it was practically Zen-like, no? We’re you guys surprised?
A. I think he has matured. As Bob’s pointed out, Phelps has come to terms with how his career has developed, and now he’s toward the end of his career, and I think he’s comfortable with it. He seems like he doesn’t have a whole lot to prove any more, and he is actually just going out an having a good time.
Q. OK, I have to ask you about the complaints you guys have been getting in social media over the tape delay coverage… Two examples that have been probably been most cited involve the Phelps in-studio interview during the opening night ceremonies and an allegation that prime-time coverage of Russian women gymnasts was not representative of what people at the event saw? What’s your reaction to that?
A. My reaction is that I think our approach to covering Olympics is the correct way to do it. And I think we have proven with the ratings that most people agree with us. Everything is subjective, and there are always going to be people who disagree with what you’re doing, and that’s fine. It’s fine that they disagree. But, with the ratings, I think it’s certainly being proven that we’re entertaining the audience, and people are enjoying our coverage. So, I really think the ratings speak for themselves. And, in this case, I really think that’s the bottom line.
Q. On a personal level, after 10 Olympics and 4 Emmys for direction, at 61, where are you at in your career?
A. I’m approaching the end of my career as Michael does his…
Q. Really, are you serious, this could be your last Olympics? But you are so identified with NBC’s coverage?
A. This is my 10th Olympics. At this age, it is pretty hard actually – physically hard. But I’m having a good time doing this Olympics. We have a remarkable crew of people here that I am fortunate to work with, and they make it really easy to do this job… This would be an impossible job if we didn’t have such great support.
Q. So, you’re not retiring from the Olympics, right?
A. (Chuckling) I’m going to come back and direct local baseball – the Orioles. I love ‘em.