Is Bob Costas TV’s Most Powerful Man?

These days, when most TV folks express personal comments on-air they have to apologize so they can keep their jobs. Bob Costas is not one of those people. The NBC broadcaster’s latest show of ultimate power (remember when he bashed his own network’s Olympics coverage on Conan?) came this weekend when he weighed in on the subject of gun control during Sunday Night Football. (See the video below.) Costas was commenting on Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who shot and killed his girlfriend and then himself on Saturday morning. Afterward, Costas told The New York Times he received a barrage of text and phone messages about his editorializing – but “I am emphatically not backing off from anything I said… I do not think the Second Amendment should be repealed and I do not think, under reasonable circumstances, that people should be prohibited from having guns.” But, “I think most reasonable people think we do not have sufficient controls on the availability of guns and ammunition.” So far not a peep out of NBC over Costas holding firm. Here’s what he said in the first place:

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