'Today' producer angry about Lauer stories
NEW YORK (AP) — The "Today" show's top producer is speaking out against stories portraying anchor Matt Lauer as being difficult to work with during the show's slide in the ratings.
Executive Producer Jim Bell said Wednesday Lauer is the heart and soul of NBC's morning news show and that negative stories about him have been hard to deal with.
"Today" has slipped behind ABC's "Good Morning America" in the ratings recently, particularly since Lauer's former co-host, Ann Curry, was replaced by Savannah Guthrie. That's led to a wave of bad publicity, much of it focused on Lauer.
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