Matt Lauer apparently grew sick and tired of being the TODAY punching bag in light of Ann Curry's firing, and he demanded a producer step up to the plate.
According to a report from RadarOnline, a report on Wednesday saw producer Jim Bell taking the blame for what proved to be a huge decline for the TODAY show.
"Matt feels that Jim didn't take accountability for all the ratings drama at Today," a source said. "Jim was away at the Olympics, getting all the glory. So Lauer forced Jim to stand in the firing line. Matt wanted Jim to take responsibility."
So who is really responsible for the unpopular decision to fire Ann Curry from her TODAY co-anchor spot? Most believe that even though the producer is willing to take the blame, that he did Lauer's bidding behind the scenes. The removal of Ann Curry from TODAY was completely orchestrated by Matt Lauer.
Do you think viewers will ever know the whole truth behind what happened to Ann Curry at the TODAY show? Will Good Morning America continue to beat TODAY in the ratings? And what responsibility does Lauer have in this whole debacle? Her surely doesn't emerge as squeaky-clean as he'd like people to believe.
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