Yesterday, while FTVLive was out of pocket we received a number of tips about a huge blow up between NBC News President Deborah Turness and newly hired Today Show General Manager Jamie Horowitz.
How bad was it?
Horowitz is out at NBC after just a few months.
When NBC hired Horowitz from ESPN, Turness had this to say about his hiring, “Jamie has the skills, the talent and the experience to lead the Today brand into the future.”
His future lasted 10 weeks before yesterday's blow up.
Here is the internal memo that Turness sent out to the staff and was obtained by FTVLive:
I want to let you know that, effective today, Jamie Horowitz will be leaving NBC News.
Jamie joined us in September as General Manager of the TODAY brand. He's a talented producer and executive, but, together, he and I have come to the conclusion that this is not the right fit.
Because of the hard work of so many of you, and an anchor team that is hitting on all cylinders, the show has great momentum and is closing the ratings gap. The exclusives keep coming and there is a great energy both on- and off-air, and in digital and social. My focus - as always - is to support this special brand and its amazing and dedicated staff, and to position it for continued success.
The role of General Manager remains an important one, and will be filled in due course. In the interim, I will work closely with both Don Nash and Jen Brown to oversee TODAY.
Please join me in thanking Jamie and wishing him the best.