Jim Bell

Kathie Lee and Hoda bid farewell to TODAY executive producer Jim Bell

Dec. 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM ET

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Kathie Lee and Hoda raised a special glass of vino to executive producer Jim Bell Monday morning. He's leaving the show to produce the Olympics full time for NBCUniversal.

Jim's been with TODAY for seven years, producing four hours of live TV every day, a task which KLG called Herculean. In fact, she calls him "Sherpa," because he "carries us all on his back." The ladies had cake and and a martini waiting for him, and fondly kissed him goodbye.

"We're gonna miss you," said Hoda. "We want to wish you the greatest success in the world,"  added KLG.

Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY.com contributor who loves a good cake and martini breakfast.

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