The "Today" show's executive producer, Jim Bell, trashed the New York Daily News' Tuesday article about the NBC morning show, calling the story "complete garbage."
Bell, who also serves as the executive producer of NBC's 2012 London Olympics coverage, sat down with Chris Russo on “Mad Dog Unleashed” on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio. In addition to addressing the criticism lodged at NBC for airing the London games on tape delay during prime time hours, Bell took a moment to address the "Today" show rumors swirling around the U.S. tabloids.
"Absolute nonsense. That’s a garbage story," Bell said of the Daily News article that alleged "Today" host Hoda Kotb was on her way to London to "save" the NBC morning show from failure since audiences were not resonating with the program's new co-host, Savannah Guthrie. "Anybody who watches the show knows that we’ve been running a thing with Kathie Lee and Hoda for weeks talking about why Hoda should go to the Olympics. So I have no idea. It was pathetic reporting."
While Kotb and her fourth hour co-host, Kathie Lee Gifford have been teasing a trip to London, it's unclear how "Today" show audiences are responding to the program's new lineup. The New York Times reported on Sunday that "Since Ms. Guthrie took over on July 9, 'Today' has not won a day in total viewers and 'G.M.A.' has widened its lead." Guthrie replaced former "Today" co-host Ann Curry, who left the morning show in late June amidst a messy and somewhat nasty shake-up.
Lauer co-hosts NBC's "Today" from 7-9 a.m.
Guthrie co-hosts NBC's "Today" from 7-9 a.m.
Roberts co-hosts ABC's "Good Morning America" from 7-9 a.m.
Stephanopoulos co-hosts ABC's "Good Morning America" from 7-9 a.m.
Rose co-hosts "CBS This Morning" from 7-8 a.m. CBS announced the addition of Rose and Gayle King and a decidedly focused hard news program earlier this year.
King co-hosts "CBS This Morning" from 8-9 a.m.
Doocy co-hosts Fox News' "Fox and Friends" from 6-9 a.m. "Fox and Friends" dominates cable news morning shows.
Carlson co-hosts Fox News' "Fox and Friends" from 6-9 a.m.
Kilmeade co-hosts Fox News' "Fox and Friends" from 6-9 a.m.
Scarborough co-hosts MSNBC's "Morning Joe" from 6-9 a.m. "Morning Joe" focuses solely on hard news and political commentary.
Brzezinski co-hosts MSNBC's "Morning Joe" from 6-9 a.m.
O'Brien co-hosts CNN's 7-9 a.m. morning news program. CNN's "American Morning" fell behind MSNBC and even its own HLN. The network recently announced the return of O'Brien and the replacement of "Amerian Morning" with two new morning programs.
Sambolin co-hosts CNN's 5-7 a.m. morning news program.