AceShowbiz - %cKatie Couric% is heading back to NBC for one night only. The "CBS Evening News" anchor has been tapped to co-host next month's Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony alongside %cMike Tirico%.
"During my years at NBC, I loved covering the Olympics and showcasing the hard work, dedication and perseverance of athletes from around the world," Couric says in a statement. "The Opening Ceremony will be a chance for South Korea to share its culture and customs and for the international community to celebrate this unparalleled display of athletic achievement and sportsmanship. There's nothing quite like it."
Couric, who co-hosted "Today" for 15 years before exiting in 2006, continues, "I'm also looking forward to working with Mike, who brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to everything he does."
She also takes to her Instagram account to share a photo of her and Tirico. "Very excited to host the #winterolympics #openingceremony with @miketirico!! #PyeongChang2018 @nbcolympics @nbcsports #brrrrrr," she writes in the caption.
The decision to bring back Couric to NBC is quite surprising. It arrives after the network previously announced that it wouldn't send %cMegyn Kelly% to South Korea for the upcoming Olympics. "It was already bad enough that they weren't sending the star they're paying $23 million a year to Pyeonchang. But now they're bringing in a non-employee to fill a vacancy," an insider told Fox News. "Yeah, one wonders what's up with that and how Kelly feels about all of this."
Instead of Megyn, NBC News is sending %cSavannah Guthrie%, %cHoda Kotb%, %cAl Roker%, %cNatalie Morales%, %cWillie Geist%, %cCraig Melvin%, %cLester Holt% and %cDylan Dreyer% among others.
NBC will live-stream the Olympics Opening Ceremony and coverage from PyeongChang beginning on Friday, February 9 at 6 A.M. on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.