‘Today’ boss: It wasn’t Matt Lauer who pushed Ann Curry out of the co-anchor chair

“Today” show executive producer Jim Bell denies reports that Matt Lauer was responsible for Ann Curry being booted as co-anchor. “He is the host and does not have management responsibility,” Bell tells Bill Carter. “It was not his call. That was my call.”

Bell adds that it’s “absolutely not true” that Lauer made a change on the co-anchor role a quid pro quo for his re-signing with the embattled morning show.

* “Today” executive producer says Curry’s ouster was his call (nytimes.com)
* “We have the right team in place now,” says Bell (hollywoodreporter.com)

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