Battle Royale in Greenwich

A younger, hirsute Matt Lauer

Greenwich native Matt Lauer forces Greenwich resident Jim Bell to fall on sword for firing Katie Couric Ann Curry (what happened to Katie Couric?) from “Today” Show.

“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.


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19 responses to “Battle Royale in Greenwich

  1. anonymous

    Matt used to be bearable but has gone the way of his mentor and narcissistic friend, Bryant Gumbel. It will be interesting to see if he agrees to take a pay cut from his $25 million salary after the sweeps numbers come in. He was certainly behind the firing of Ann Curry. Although Ann is very good, she was not in my opinion suited for the anchor position. It was the way it was handled that has done them in and disgusted the long time viewers.

  2. Cobra

    Lauer should have stayed working for Eddie Schacter…that’s about his intellectual pay scale.

  3. Libertarian Advocate

    Night of Long Knives???

  4. There’s really no show that floats my boat in the morning. Today, bleech. Matt is about as insipid as they come. CBS was kinda okay with Charlie Rose until they brought Norah O’Donnell aboard. She doesn’t let anyone else have a word in edgewise. And Gayle King? She’s perfectly nice, but not right for a news show. Forget Good Morning America unless you need to know what Beyonce and Jay-Z are up to. All pop news and a two-hour laughathon. No actual news. Morning Joe. Shoot me first. CNN. Is that channel still on the air? Fox & Friends is my default but even they drone on and tend not to be as Fair and Balanced as they should. Cartoon channel anyone?

  5. Libertarian Advocate


    Cartoon channel anyone?

    Nothing beats Bugs, Daffy, Yosemite Sam, Roadrunner, Wile E., and of course the Bammer starring as Marvin the Martian

  6. Thanks LA, those are great, but I’m a Rocky and Bullwinkle gal. A classic show if ever there was one.

  7. Cobra

    “Nothing beats Bugs, Daffy, Yosemite Sam, Roadrunner, Wile E., and of course the OBammer starring as Marvin the Martian.”

    Sounds like the current administration.

  8. AJ

    Maybe the drop in ratings has nothing to do with personalities and more to do with the fact that mainstream news isn’t worth the paper it’s not printed on. For example, Obama’s bio on the dust jacket of his own book, claiming he was born in Kenya — not a single maindstream news outlet covered the story. Or the other day: one of CNN’s pundits was arrested for spray painting subway posters that she didn’t like — not a word about it from CNN. Unless you’ve run out of your favorite mind numbing drug, why would anyone watch?

  9. dogwalker

    AJ, Is that the dust jack of Dreams from My Father? Is there a photo somewhere on the web?

  10. Libertarian Advocate

    And the Boston Glob on Liawatha’s law license issues …. CRICKETS!

  11. Greenwich Gal

    I’m with EOS ! Lauer is, as my kids say, a “tool.” A self congratulatory kiss ass with a slightly above average IQ.
    I can’t stand to watch the guy. And agreed – there is NOTHING to watch in the morning. All of it is beyond dumb. That is why we listened to IMUS on the radio. Still pretty good, edgy and sometimes the interviews are very smart indeed.

  12. Al Dente

    I have always wanted to frack Ann Curry. Whoop!

  13. Greenwich Gal

    But Al Dente – I thought your noodle was just a tad soft!
    (I know, GROAN! I could not help it…)

  14. AJ

    Dogwalker, here’s a link to an article and photo of the Obama bio. I’m not sure it’s on the dust jacket; I just assumed that because that’s where an author’s bio is usually to be found.

  15. AJ

    EOS, I like Tom and Jerry: it’s nonstop gratuitous violence.

  16. Al Dente

    al dente: “Firm to the tooth” – Or if you wear dentures, you can gum my macaroni.

  17. pulled up in OG

    Bibi & Daffy