Just hours after Ann Curry's explosive comments about Matt Lauer's sex assault scandal, Today Show executive producer Don Nash announced his unexpected resignation from the network, and now RadarOnline.com has exclusively obtained the shocking goodbye email he sent to staff.
In the memo sent Wednesday, Nash said he was stepping down from his position after a 30-year career, telling staff his attention towards his family has "been out of whack for too long" due to his demanding position at the peacock network.
"For many years, I have had two families: the one at home, and everyone at TODAY," Nash began the letter.
"The balance of my love for both of them has been out of whack for too long. The time has come for me to step away from TODAY and be a better dad to my two beautiful girls. They are what matter to me most."
He explained his utmost appreciation for his longtime experience at the show. "I relished every single moment of my time on the show. I still can’t believe I had the honor to work at this storied institution for so long. I will forever cherish the unbelievable experiences and incredible people I have had the privilege to work with. It was so much fun."
TODAY is number one again, because of all of you. I hope you take a moment to bask in the glory of what you have created and accomplished. You should be so proud.
Keep soaring. I’ll be cheering you on from afar."
Nash's resignation comes on the heels of Ann Curry speaking out for the first time about Matt Lauer's scandal, telling CBS in an interview that she "wasn't surprised" by the allegations made against the disgraced anchor and his November firing was "in general, overdue."
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Curry – who was fired from Today in 2015 – continued her talk, saying that sexual misconduct in the workplace comes from an abuse of power.
“The fact that we are moving against this imbalance of power is absolutely overdue,” she said.
Curry also said her firing from the NBC morning show in 2012 “hurt like hell.” During the time of her shocking exit speculation that her firing had been due in part to a lack of “chemistry” with her co-anchor Lauer.
“NBC had hoped Ann would have chosen to not speak out about Matt and her employment, and they had actually been caught off guard that she chose to finally speak out,” an insider revealed.
The anchor still has a strict NDA with NBC which prevents her from ever publicly revealing details about specific incidents, and the source said the network's legal department "is closely monitoring what Ann says publicly."
Despite the NDA, however, the informant reveals NBC remains hesitant to send Curry a cease and desist letter in light of the long string of sexual assault scandals in the industry.
“If the cease and desist letter leaked to media, NBC would once again be the bad guy,” notes the source. “NBC continues to protect men in power."
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