“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 us yesterday. “So Lauer forced Jim to stand in the firing line. Matt wanted Jim to take responsibility.” Bell also took the opportunity to play down rumors that he’s moving on up from “Today” to a role at NBC sports, saying in an interview, “This is the best job in the world.” But a network insider insists to us that Bell could be gone within the month.
I’ll confess to not having watched “Today” since 1976, when a couple of us Riverside natives sharing a house in Boston would turn on the kitchen TV each morning to see how our friend Sandy Hamill’s little sister had done the night before in the Olympics (she won), but I have had occasion to know several producers and quite a few film and TV stars in my time and I, at least, have a strong suspicion as to which of these two is the prima donna.
By the way, from what I hear, that rumor is right: Bell’s off to bigger and better things at NBC Sports.