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.
BREAKING scoop: Heather Nauert withdrawn from consideration for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Heather Nauert’s nomination began to falter after the White House was alerted that a problem had cropped up in her background check —Trump’s pick for UN ambassador had employed a nanny who was in US legally but didn’t have a US work permit, sources tell me and Nicholas Wadhams.