Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir to Critique Oscars Red Carpet Fashion

Image: Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir to Critique Oscars Red Carpet Fashion Tara Lipinski, left, and Johnny Weir.

Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 06:25 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Olympic skaters turned commentators Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir are returning for another stint behind the microphone as the duo is headed to the Academy Awards.

The pair will take positions above the red carpet with host Billy Bush for "Access Hollywood." Their opinions about the various fashions will air Monday in two "Access" episodes.

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"We already have people pulling clothes," Weir told USA Today Sports on Saturday. "We're going to be ready. And we're going to bring it."

Weir, 29, and Lipinski, 31, were a big hit as commentators during the Sochi Winter Olympics, their first turn as broadcasters for NBC and NBC Sports Network. The former Olympians collected a large following, which led to the creation of a @TaraandJohnny Instagram account. They already have more than 6,300 followers.

"Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush suggested the skaters for the gig while conducting an interview with Weir in Russia.

"He lit up and said, 'You [and Tara] are doing Oscar red carpet for us,'" "Access Hollywood" executive producer Rob Silverstein told The Los Angeles Times. "It hadn't hit me yet, but as soon as Billy mentioned it, I thought it'd be great, so we made a deal with them in a day."

As part of their appearance, cameras will follow the pair as they shop for Oscar clothes. They'll then learn what outfits were worn in previous years and study up on current trends.

"It's not two clowns up there," Silverstein told the paper. "They actually know their stuff. Yes, they don't work for InStyle or Vogue, but they don't need to. Fashion — and our show — is about fun, and they're fun."

If all goes well, Weir and Lipinski could become regulars, according to the Times, with appearances at the MTV Video Music Awards and the Emmys in August.

"I'm anticipating them being great," Silverstein said, "because they're authentic and authenticity sells. Plus, they don't take everything too seriously — and neither do we."

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