Today Producer Behind Firing of Ann Curry Is Getting the Boot

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TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer -- "Today" show co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer appear on the "Today" show .TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer -- "Today" show co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer appear on the "Today" show -- Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC Photo: Peter Kramer/NBC© NBCUniversal, Inc.

As it turns out, there are consequences to shielding Matt Lauer from criticism over Ann Curry's uncomfortable exit from Today. While gossip circulated about bad blood between the former co-hosts, in September Today executive producer Jim Bell repeatedly said that Curry's ouster was his call. Now the New York Times reports that NBC News is looking for Bell's replacement, and veteran NBC News executive Alexandra Wallace will become the first woman to run the morning show. Bell will stay with NBC as executive producer of its Olympics coverage, a gig which certainly won't involve any controversy.