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Some Olympics fans found yet another reason to be unhappy with NBC on Sunday night.

The network edited out or greatly delayed parts of the closing ceremony, including performances by Muse, Ray Davies of the Kinks and a second song by George Michael, and then at 11 p.m. abruptly cut away to show a preview of the new comedy “Animal Practice.”

Before the commercial break, announcer Bob Costas told viewers: “That concludes the closing ceremony. We’ll be back to wrap things up after this.”

After the break, he then revealed that the remainder of the closing ceremony — which the network billed as a “closing party” — would actually air an hour later, following a sneak preview of “Animal Practice” and local news.

“We’ll be back from Olympic Stadium in about an hour for the London closing party, featuring The Who,” he said. “Stay tuned now for a full episode of Animal Practice, a new NBC comedy, presented commercial free.”

When the network returned at midnight Ryan Seacrest greeted viewers with “Welcome to the London closing party.”  “Now it’s time for the big finale.” The delayed set consisted of a medley performed by legendary rock band The Who, which included the songs “Baba O’Riley,” See Me Feel Me” and “My Generation.”  READ MORE


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