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Denial behind the scenes at the “Today” show

Today, the New York Times Magazine published an excerpt from New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter's upcoming book, "Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV" -- a dishy, definitive account of the scandal that's shrouded NBC's "Today" show in controversyfor the past year. What's especially remarkable about Stelter's account of the ousting of Ann Curry, in addition to the complex political web it examines, is how executives continued to politick, even as the secrets became exposed:

Jim Bell, former executive producer, denies endorsing these humiliating segments:

At one point, the executive producer, Jim Bell, commissioned a blooper reel of Curry’s worst on-air mistakes. Another time, according to a producer, Bell called staff members into his office to show a gaffe she made during a cross-talk with a local station. (Bell denies both incidents.)

Bell also denies creating a plan called "Operation Bambi" to fire Curry:

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