NBC Nixes Animal Fur for Gay Skating Commentator at Olympic Games

February 24, 2014 - 5:03 PM

Johnny Weir

Former Olympic figure skating champion Johnny Weir (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Former Olympic figure skating champion Johnny Weir has not tried to hide his homosexuality as NBC’s daytime figure skating analyst. He has worn bright pink and huge, sparkling jewelry as he and former champ Tara Lipinski commentated on this year’s skaters at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

But according to Yahoo Sports, NBC drew the line at Weir wearing his favorite fashion item – real fur coats.

“We’ve been having conversation, myself and NBC, since the fall about how I was going to appear in Sochi,” Weir told Hollywood Access’ Billy Bush this week as reported by Yahoo Sports. “And they said ‘Go for it, do whatever you want. Just on our air, no fur.’”

Weir said he has always thought of fur as a sign of success.

"It's a personal choice,” Weir said in the video interview, wearing a fur coat and gold spangles. “It's something that I like.

"Some people see a Mercedes or a diamond as the luxury item that means you made it,” Weir said. “For some reason, I saw it as a fur coat ... It's not about houses or cars for me, it's about looking good.

“And fur is a part of that mix,” Weir said.

During the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, four years ago, Weir said he got death threats from animal rights activists, because he wore a fox accessory.