Today Show Producer Takes Blame for Ann Curry Firing

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Don't blame Matt Lauer. That's the message Jim Bell tried to send yesterday in an interview centered on the troubles at Today.

Today Show Team

With ratings still in decline and with the Ann Curry firing debacle still hanging over the program, the executive producer attempted to shift blame away from his star.

“It was definitely not Matt’s call,” Bell said, responding to rumors that Lauer is to blame for Curry's dismissal. “[Matt] is the host and does not have management responsibility. It was not his call. That was my call.

But Bell's sincerity is now being called into question.

Insiders tell The New York Post that Lauer was "sick of being the punching bag" for Today and forced Bell to take responsibility for Curry.

“Matt feels that Jim didn’t take accountability for all the ratings drama at Today. [Jim] was away at the Olympics, getting all the glory,” a source told the newspaper. “So Lauer forced Jim to stand in the firing line."

Where does the truth lie? We may never know.

But we can hear the glasses toasting at Good Morning America right at this very moment.


Good Morning America is so much better.


Notice the distance between Matt and his crew !


Yah, what-ever cookie! Take matt with ya when you leave!!


Thank you Jim Bell for showing us how far you are willing to climb up Lauers ass. Do you really think the viewers are that simple minded to fall for all of your BS. But since you are sooooo willing to take responsibility for firing Ann I hope you will be first in line to get the axe when heads start to roll again for who is responsible for the Today Show. Hope you get the same royal treatment that you gave Ann!


Liars Liars Pants on Fire. Understimated Ann's charisma, didn't you? you are getting what you deserve and I am never watching today.


LIARS - we all know It was Matt Lauer. He felt threatened by Ann Curry. He also is trying to hook up with Savannah Guthrie. Even Matt's wife confirmed this!!!