Renowned American rapper and actor Snoop Dogg is set to offer unexpected commentary for NBC at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. The 52-year-old, also a Primetime Emmy Award winner, revealed that he will serve as an analyst for the network.
This follows his previous collaboration with comedian Kevin Hart, where they provided streaming-only commentary at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Peacock, according to Daily Mail.
“I grew up watching the Olympics and am thrilled to see the incredible athletes bring their A-game to Paris,” Snoop Dogg said in a statement, as he posed in front of the Eiffel Tour as part of the announcement. “It’s a celebration of skill, dedication, and the pursuit of greatness.”
“We’re going to have some amazing competitions and, of course, I will be bringing that Snoop style to the mix. It’s going to be the most epic Olympics ever, so stay tuned, and keep it locked.”
The rapper featured in an NBC Olympics commercial alongside American athletes during the Green Bay Packers’ New Year’s Eve game.
The Paris Olympics’ opening ceremony is set for July 26, but this date is subject to change. Snoop Dogg’s involvement in providing commentary during the Olympics in 2021 garnered “tens of millions of views” for NBC, according to Molly Solomon, the network’s executive producer and president for its Olympics Production, as reported by Variety.
“That performance alone has earned Snoop a job as our Special Correspondent in Paris. We don’t know what the heck is going to happen every day, but we know he will add his unique perspective to our re-imagined Olympic primetime show.”
In December, the organizers acknowledged that contingency plans exist for the Olympics’ opening ceremony, citing the potential of relocating from the River Seine in case of a significant security threat.
French President Emmanuel Macron revealed the existence of backup plans, stating, “Given we’re professionals, there obviously is a Plan B, Plan C, et cetera.”
This precautionary measure was prompted by increased security concerns across Europe, particularly after France elevated its security level in October following a fatal knife attack in a northern school.
The heightened security measures on New Year’s Eve, with 90,000 officers mobilized in Paris and elsewhere, were successful in minimizing disorder, six months ahead of the scheduled Olympics’ opening ceremony.