Monday, April 22, 2024

Today Show Ousts 30 Year Executive Producer Amid Matt Lauer Scandal, Replaced with a Woman


The Matt Lauer scandal has finally taken its toll on the Today show’s top of the masthead.

After 30 years, Don Nash is out. He’s being replaced with Libby Leist, who’s produced the 7am news hour of “Today” for the last five years.

Nash issued a statement saying he wanted to be at home with his children. If you believe that, you also agree that Donald Trump weighs only 239 pounds.

Almost by coincidence, former Today show anchor Ann Curry appeared today on CBS This Morning and said she wasn’t surprised by the Lauer scandal from late last year. Curry was on Today for 15 years until she was ousted by Lauer.

“I can say that I would be surprised if — if — many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment — that existed. I think it’d be surprising if someone said that they didn’t see that. So it was p — a verbal — sexual –,” she said.

“I don’t wanna cause more pain. But no, I’m — you are asking me a very direct question. I’m an honest person. I wanna tell you that it was. Yes. Period,” Curry replied.

Before Lauer was fired, NBC tossed his executive producer Matt Zimmerman. It’s clearly a new day on Today.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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