Amid turmoil at Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Demonstrate” over plunging rankings, his exec producer Jim Bell is leaving NBC and is in talks to join a 2020 presidential campaign, Page Six has exclusively realized.
“Immediately time” camouflage vet Bell, who has a stage in political science and govt from Harvard, leaves Fallon’s camouflage Thursday. The chatter at NBC is that Bell has been talking to Democratic hopefuls about a role on a 2020 campaign, likely creating media issue and messaging.
We exclusively reported in Might possibly possibly simply how he clashed with NBC entertainment kingmaker Lorne Michaels, even though they’re a ways much less chilly now, with Bell posting about Michaels on his an excellent deal of social media channels. “Lorne had absolutely nothing to secure with Bell’s departure,” sources careworn.
Bell has spent 28 years at NBC, and is leaving after moral one 300 and sixty five days at Fallon’s flailing camouflage. He presided over “Immediately time” for seven years, inviting to one other NBC role after the Ann Curry debacle. Bell turned into once also shut friends with disgraced host Matt Lauer, helmed NBC’s Olympics protection and turned into once in model in Sochi, Russia, where Lauer turned into once alleged to have raped producer Brooke Nevils. We’re urged Bell’s NBC exit is circuitously linked to the Lauer fallout. Lauer denies the allegation.
A TV supply called Bell’s exit from the network “very frightening,” namely as he turned into once supervising the Olympics manufacturing in Tokyo for 2020. One other insider called Bell a “forceful” man working within a “most in vogue culture impart” at “The Tonight Demonstrate.” Bell is asserted to have believed “SNL” boss Michaels turned into once “stuck within the past” and didn’t realize that Fallon wished to reinvent himself to compete with CBS rival Stephen Colbert, who is averaging 3.5 million viewers, compared with roughly 2 million for Fallon, who is trailing in zero.33 establish on the back of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel.
One of the most camouflage’s writers also didn’t gape perceive to perceive with Bell, and a third NBC insider said, “Here’s a compatible contemporary delivery.” Gavin Purcell is intervening time showrunner. In an announcement, Bell said, “The past 300 and sixty five days with Jimmy and the terrific team on the camouflage has been a blast.” He added he had a “actual desire to delve into something contemporary … so I can broaden and deepen my leadership role within the issue universe.”