We’ve just passed the halfway mark of American Ninja Warrior’s summer break. Season 13 took a two-week hiatus so we could all enjoy and celebrate the Olympics with the rest of the world. But American Ninja Warrior hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila have been hard at work during the hiatus. They were selected to head out to Tokyo and host Peacock’s “Tokyo LIVE” And they’re having a straight-up blast doing it.
“Peacock will feature live coverage every morning, including major events like Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics and Men’s and Women’s Track and Field. Matt Iseman & Akbar Gbajabiamila will host Peacock’s morning show Tokyo LIVE. Watch Simone Biles and Team USA compete in every single event, live from Tokyo, with expert commentary. Two-time Olympic medalist Laurie Hernandez will serve as a studio analyst for gymnastics along with Olympic medalist Bridget Sloan and three-time Olympian John Roethlisberger calling the action live across all Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics events: the Team Finals, the All Around competition, and individual event finals.”
Their show airs at 6 am EST daily during the Tokyo Olympics and can be watched on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service. So those are the facts. But here’s what you need to know: Matt and Akbar are having more fun than anyone else at the Olympics and you should watch this.
You can’t give those two access to a live broadcast and not expect the shenanigans to fly. Need proof? Let’s go.
Our guys play by their own rules!
The moment Johnny Weir celebrates their “delicate simplicity” had us on the floor. (That had to be the most elegant burn ever delivered, right?)
Matt claimed athletic prowess over Akbar.
Laurie Hernandez is shorter than Akbar, in case you didn’t know that.
They are lightning-fast with their sports knowledge!
But they also have those really important conversations, like who would win in a fight: A bear or an alligator?
Are they doing this right? The hosts with the most are so hip.
For the record, Akbar will never NOT dance when the opportunity arises.
There are still a few more days to catch Matt and Akbar on Tokyo LIVE! You can find them bright and early on Peacock.
American Ninja Warrior returns with the second night of the Semifinals on Monday, August 9, at 8 pm EST on NBC.