People Were Not Happy With Katie Couric and Mike Tirico During the Opening Ceremony

So much for Couric's big return.

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Mike Tirico and Katie Couric were cohosts during NBC's broadcast of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, which aired in the U.S. on Friday night. The ceremony kicked off the 2018 games, which are being held in PyeongChang, South Korea this year, and it was Couric's big return to NBC.

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The ceremony was filled with spectacle, symbolism, and national pride. But some viewers didn't take too kindly to the commentary on the NBC broadcast, and took to social media to vent that they felt it distracted from the technical beauty of the event. Others felt their commentary focused too much on the threat from North Korea while not paying attention to South Korea's merits as host.

South Korea: "Hey we're a pretty swell country, we have the Olympics this year how abo-"

NBC: "HOW ABOUT THAT NORTH KOREA WHO WILL KILL EVERYONE HUH HOW ABOUT THAT DON'T WORRY ABOUT THAT'

— AlternateHistoryHub (@AltHistoryHub)

Is there a reason why the NBC analysts are insisting on talking over the 🤨

— _colls_ (@_colls_)

I really don’t need these announcers to break down every symbol for me

— Kieren Acosta (@ren_with_a_ven)

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These announcers need to do everybody a favor and stop talking.

— Nathanael Brown (@Nathanael_Brown)

“Look at animals. They represent more than just animals”

SERIOUSLY, WE GET IT.

— Madison (@Madisunce)

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I want to see that all over again without and talking the whole time. They totally ruined it. No one out there is saying "we would've been lost without all of that commentary"

— Cody (@codylastname)

is there footage of the Olympic ceremony without the unnecessary commentary?

— cactusFlower (@jmeeks991)

Not Katie Couric: Listen to this song, it’s really important and powerful.
Me: cool *listens intently*
NKC: You see, it’s beautiful and sad at the same time.
M: yeah, I know. I’m trying to hear it.
NKC: But, like, LISTEN.
M: I’M TRYING TO!

— Slymer (@ectowonder)

“Watch without commentary...” why didn’t you tell us this sooner?!?!

— curleeez (@curleeez)

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But not everyone was upset by the commentary; many welcomed Tirico and Couric in their new roles as announcers.

So great to see hosting the Olympics. No one more deserving of sitting in that chair.

— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny)

So far the best parts of the olympics are ’s return and ’s debut.

— Jason Kander (@JasonKander)

At some point tonight, I just want Katie Couric to murmur, “wherever you are, Matt Lauer, I hope you’re just miserable.”

— Heather & Jessica (@fuggirls)

If you didn't catch opening ceremony, take a look at our recap of all the things you missed.

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