A longtime NBC producer who has been behind the scenes at “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” is leaving the network.
The AP reports that Jim Bell, who has produced NBC’s last four Olympics, says he’s headed out. Bell has been in charge backstage at “Tonight” for the past year, the AP reports.
“Bell said in a statement that the timing was perfect to forge a new path that would build on his experience in news, sports and entertainment,” the AP reports, adding: “He was a longtime producer of the ‘Today’ show before moving to the Olympics, where he was in charge of NBC’s prime-time telecasts. Since 2017, Bell had been in charge of all Olympics content across all platforms.”
The report notes that Bell “steered Fallon into more live shows” at “Tonight,” adding: “But the show hasn’t gained ground against ratings leader Stephen Colbert at CBS.”