So I think it is reasonable to wonder whether that decision by NBC is any kind of business model that the network will repeat ...
Well, blind Freddie could have seen this one coming. Of course he retires now; saves the embarrassment of what would have happened to him at Nationals.
My biggest question is, what happens to the money that he was begging his fans to donate for his training? They ought to get a refund since he clearly had no intention of trying anymore.
I'll tell you this--there are lots of angry gay men about Johnny getting this job from the gay chat sites I've read. They think the only way he can redeem himself is to wear a rainbow flag and stand in the middle of the opening ceremonies--preferably atop the Olympic cauldron--and denounce the Russian law in no uncertain terms. I'm all for it though--I think with more experience he can be the new Uncle Dick Button. He's got that combination of sass and knowledge that could make for some VERY colorful commentary.
I hope the addition of both Johnny and Tanith will provide voices which will help viewers better understand in a user-friendly way, the IJS system. It is 10 years in use and even the dedicated skating fan struggles (as do - evidently - some of the judges).
Jammers, are you trying to slight Kwan, or Abbott, or Evan, or who? The consistent thing about champions (usually) is that they don't know when to quit, we've seen that over and over. They LOVE competing, or training, or winning, or something, and it drives them.
Johnny tried to compete last year. It wasn't happening. Let's get past the end of his on-ice career and all enjoy this, hopefully long-lasting, second career in broadcast.
I remember during 2006 Olympics, there was a program called Olympic Ice in cable channel. Weir was one of the stars there and appeared in several episodes. Once, he asked Dick Button who was then a distinctive analyist hosting "Push Dick's Button", "Hay, Mr. Button, can I takeover your position after you retired?" Now Weir's dream came true!
More of Johnny's thoughts about retirement:
Johnny Weir-Voronov @JohnnyGWeir 2h
I hate the idea of retirement meaning to let your belt out a couple notches and going golfing. Off to sweat on the ice. #stayfit
I really wish we had more ice shows in the US--or a pro circuit--so we could still Johnny, and soon many other top skaters, performing. Whatever happened to the pro competitions ISU was supposed to launch?