Even before the Opening Ceremony, the Olympians-turned-analysts gave a chilly reception to many of the skaters performing in the early events.
Weir called one routine “the worst short program I’ve ever seen from Nathan Chen.”
Lipinsky was just as unfiltered, deeming the performance “disastrous.”
And they were just getting warmed up.
Some viewers were thrilled by their comments:
NBC should send Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir to cover White House press briefings. #Olympics— Ted Atkinson (@atkinson_ted) February 9, 2018
"There's no one more judgmental than an ice skater" —Johnny Weir, effortlessly explaining why I love this sport— Hillary Busis (@hillibusterr) February 9, 2018
If Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir are this brutally honest and catty on television, can you imagine what they are like when they think no one is listening? Yikes. #olympics— Erin O’Neill (@IrishBelle_1) February 9, 2018
These #Olympics figure skating commentators are BRUTAL. They called one skater’s the “weak link” and his performance “technically a disaster” and another’s “abysmal,” “the worst I’ve ever seen from him.” I’m over here like pic.twitter.com/lqYQW0XwvL— Katy Doom (@katydoom) February 9, 2018
How do we get Johnny Weir calling more sports? I need him on everything.— Judy Battista (@judybattista) February 9, 2018
Trying to think of the funniest sporting event for Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski to announce and the correct answer is The Masters— super bowl champion ben (@VT_Ben) February 9, 2018
This Tara Lipinski/ Johnny Weir commentary is savage.— meg (@meghanfeggan) February 9, 2018
I support Mean Johnny Weir. He's an announcer, not the skaters' damn publicist.— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) February 9, 2018
Take a drink every time Johnny Weir makes a mean comment about a skater #Olympics— Meghan (@meghankocur) February 9, 2018
However, not everyone loved it. Some wanted more analysis and less snark:
#Olympics So annoyed with these team ice skating commentators Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir. A moment ago they were praising Nathan Chen as if he were a God and he makes a mistake (he is human) and now they are crucifying him. Opening ceremonies haven't even happened yet.— Dawn (@DawnGrpntblank) February 9, 2018
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.