ESPN President and Disney Media Network Co-chair Steps Down in Order to Deal with Substance Addiction Issues

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On Monday, John Skipper, the president of ESPN, resigned in order to deal with issues that involve substance abuse.

Skipper first joined ESPN in 1997 as a senior vice president and general manager of ESPN The Magazine. He has served as the president of the company since 2012.

George Bodenheimer, the former ESPN president and executive chairman will serve as the acting chair for the next 90 days while the company looks for a new executive.

In a statement, Skipper stated: “Today I have resigned from my duties as President of ESPN. I have had a wonderful career at the Walt Disney Company and am grateful for the many opportunities and friendships. I owe a debt to many, but most profoundly Michael Lynton, George Bodenheimer and Bob Iger.”

“I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction. I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem.

“I have disclosed that decision to the company, and we mutually agreed that it was appropriate that I resign. I will always appreciate the human understanding and warmth that Bob displayed here and always.

According to Skipper, the decision to leave Disney was mutual. He requested for privacy at this time.

Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, wished Skipper well during his recovery and praised his decision to concentrate on his personal issues.