Adam Rippon responds to Johnny Weir's rumored jealousy: 'Maybe' it's true
Not everyone is falling for the Olympic Oscars guest in a harness, according to rumors put into the ether by Page Six, so while appearing on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live!, America’s sassy figure skating sweetheart, Adam Rippon, was asked whether he thought reports of Johnny Weir‘s jealousy of him were true or not.
“Um…” he began, pausing for a moment. “Maybe.”
“I think maybe,” he added, “but you know what, I’m not coming for his job, I’m not coming for his gig.”
Weir, a former figure skating Olympian himself, took a turn as NBC correspondent with Tara Lipinski. They ended up co-hosting the Closing Ceremony of the PyeongChang Games in South Korea, but the Page Six report claimed Weir was fuming with envy over all the attention Rippon was getting from his breakthrough turn and unapologetic quips.
“I really don’t know because we didn’t have any interactions,” Rippon clarified to Cohen of the rumors, “and we’ve always reached out to each other and I’ve always thanked him ’cause I feel like he kind of helped make my way a little bit easier.”
Rippon was among the first openly gay athletes to qualify for the Winter Olympics. Weir didn’t come out as gay until the publication of his 2011 memoir, though his competitive ice skating career was filled with speculation.
“I wear my sexuality the same as I wear my sex or my skin color. It is something that simply is and something I was born into,” Weir explained over Twitter in January. “I never ‘came out’ in sport because I didn’t imagine it as a great secret & it had nothing to do with my skating or my dreams.”
He continued, “I was extremely lucky to grow up in a family/community of acceptance and perhaps that’s why I don’t see my sexuality as something that needs addressing. I am forever indebted however, to the warriors who came before me that allow me to lead the life I do so openly.”
NBC offered Rippon a correspondent position after he landed a bronze medal for Team USA and finished competing, but he declined the offer in order to support his teammates.