'Today' executive producer stepping down

Posted January 17, 2018 9:21 a.m. EST

— Don Nash, a veteran of NBC's "Today" who has been the morning show's executive producer for the past five years, is stepping down.

According to internal memos from Nash and NBC News chair Andy Lack, Nash decided he wants more time with his family.

"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," Nash wrote.

The new executive producer of the 7 and 8 a.m. hours of "Today" is Libby Leist -- marking the first time those hours of the show have had a female producer in charge.

There is no indication that Nash's departure is directly connected to NBC's firing of "Today" co-host Matt Lauer last November.