Olympics TV notes: The latest from Ryan Lochte, Gabby Douglas

If you have been watching the London Olympics lately, then you already know one thing to be a fact — Ryan Lochte and Gabby Douglas are quickly starting to take the nation by storm whether it be by their athletics, their story, their personality, or even some random controversies that have started up.

With that in mind, let’s start out with Lochte. Remember those headlines from the swimmer’s mother, saying that he is really just into one-night stands more so than actual dates? Well, he has since clarified the comment. Speaking to Piers Morgan in a new interview, Lochte says that his mom was really just referring to him only being able to keep a relationship for about one date at the moment due to his present commitments. He then went on to say that when he is in a relationship, he likes to be committed to it for a lengthy span of time.

As for Douglas, the controversy that has cropped up as of late is far more of a hot-button issue. Following her big gold-medal win for Team USA on Thursday night, the young gymnast — who is being called an inspiration as the first African-American in her sport to win an individual gold — is being talked about for a promo of the new NBC show “Animal Practice” that aired immediately after Bob Costas talked about the historical significance of her winning. The promo showed Crystal the Monkey (famous from “The Hangover”) doing some gymnastics skills, and some felt that there were racial undertones here in airing the spot featuring the monkey so soon after her shining moment.

NBC has since responded to these claims with a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, and they are claiming that the timing here was mere coincidence, and their goal during the broadcast was to merely highlight some of the gymnast’s achievements:

“Gabby Douglas’ gold medal performance last night was an historic and inspiring achievement. This spot promoting¬†Animal Practice, which has run three times previously, is one in a series with an Olympic theme which have been scheduled for maximum exposure. Certainly no offense was intended.”

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