Another week, another guest star for the final season of 30 Rock. This time it’s American Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte following the appearance of Bryan Cranston and Catherine O’Hara
This was one of the show’s most hyped guest stars just a month or so ago but obviously now that the Olympics have long-passed the timing is a little more awkward (admit it: it was a little jarring to see Usain Bolt of an otherwise excellent Saturday Night Live this week).
But to NBC’s credit, they’re not backing down from promoting the young swimmer’s guest appearance this week, releasing not one but two video interviews with Lochte and stars Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski (Jenna).
In Lochte’s interview, he confirms (somewhat gleefully) Tina Fey’s earlier assertion that his character is a “sex idiot.” Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) will discover his new love interest (played by recent Tony-award winner Nina Arianda) keeps a whole host of young men in tow, including the decorated Olympian.
Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski reveal a little more info in their video. Krakowski muses as to whether Lochte brought along his medals with him (sadly we never get an answer) and Fey exclaims “he did great today” with all the enthusiasm of a proud mother.