ESPN is going through one other crazy and unpredictable shift happening behind the scenes, and that is maybe the most important shock but. It does not contain one of many community’s many on-air personalities, however relatively the person who all of these folks referred to as boss, as ESPN President and Disney Media Networks co-chief John Skipper has out of the blue resigned from the positions, citing a substance abuse downside as his purpose for vacating the high-profile gigs.
John Skipper, who has been with ESPN since 1997, dropped his shocking announcement in an amiable and frank assertion that exposed what has apparently been a private situation he is handled for some time now. Per ESPN, you may learn his assertion beneath.
In the present day I’ve resigned from my duties as President of ESPN. I’ve had an exquisite profession on the Walt Disney Firm and am grateful for the various alternatives and friendships. I owe a debt to many, however most profoundly Michael Lynton, George Bodenheimer and Bob Iger. I’ve struggled for a few years with a substance habit. I’ve determined that a very powerful factor I can do proper now’s to maintain my downside. I’ve disclosed that call to the corporate, and we mutually agreed that it was applicable that I resign. I’ll at all times admire the human understanding and heat that Bob displayed right here and at all times. I come to this public disclosure with embarrassment, trepidation and a sense of getting let others I care about down. As I take care of this situation and what it means to me and my household, I ask for applicable privateness and a little bit understanding. To my colleagues at ESPN, it has been a privilege. I take nice pleasure in your accomplishments and have full confidence in your collective means to proceed ESPN’s success.
It was unclear what substances John Skipper is having issues with, however here is hoping he will get no matter assist is required in an effort to conquer these urges. It is also not clear how a lot of a difficulty Skipper’s addictions have been so far as his ESPN and/or Disney duties had been involved, however the mutual resolution to have Skipper resign, versus him taking an prolonged trip for rehab, probably signifies some troubles had arisen. Alternately, perhaps some restructuring attributable to the big Fox deal made Skipper’s resignation the most effective path to take.
Whereas John Skipper has confronted some flak for the myriad points that ESPN has confronted lately, his resignation is probably most surprisingly as a result of it was solely in November that he reportedly agreed to a Four-year contract extension with Disney, which might have saved him atop ESPN till at the very least 2021. That deal hadn’t formally gone by but, as his present contract wasn’t set to run out till 2018.
Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger put out a press release of his personal, through which it was introduced that former ESPN president and govt chairman George Bodenheimer can be taking up as the corporate’s performing chairman for the subsequent 90 days whereas a substitute is discovered for the departing John Skipper. Bodenheimer ran ESPN from 1998 till the top of 2011, at which level Skipper took over as firm president, and he served as govt chairman at ESPN till Might 2014. So if anybody is certified to assist Iger discover the subsequent particular person to steer the great ship ESPN, Bodenheimer is a strong alternative, they usually’ll hopefully discover somebody who makes use of the company’s billions to embrace new media like streaming and e-sports.
ESPN has confronted a bunch of shake-ups with workers each on the air and behind the scenes. 2017 was a very noteworthy 12 months in that respect, with many losing jobs over finances points and restructuring strikes. Outdoors of that, the community has both accepted resignations from or straight-up fired other longtime employees. As properly, the community has suspended some analysts for sexual harassment allegations. Here is hoping the corporate can spin issues again round with a brand new president within the new 12 months.
If sports-viewing is not your factor, head to our 2018 midseason premiere schedule to see what different reveals are populating the small display screen within the close to future.