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I live more than anything else to produce the Games.
– Dick Ebersol
I was never really a big presence in the home.
The definition of winning has become distorted. If winning the rights to a property brings with it hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, what have you won? When faced with the prospect of heavy financial losses, we have consistently walked away and have done so again.
Out all of these zillions of letters, one of the first ones that came was, as it turned out from Johnny Carson within the last five or six weeks of his life. I had worked with him. He lost a son who had worked for me.
The Olympics were produced absolutely the same way from 1960 through 1988. It was always the Western World against the Eastern Bloc. You didn’t even have to spend one second developing the character of any of the Eastern Bloc athletes. It was just good guys and bad guys.
You want to do Olympics just like you do a pro football game or a basketball game? Be my guest. Watch it all fade away.
The second host that I had was an actress I didn’t know named Susan St. James.
If there’s anything that is the center of my career both creatively and emotionally, it’s the Olympics.
I will never be cynical again about people.
She says that I wore some pretty sexy leather pants to that first meeting, but I don’t remember.