Former ESPN boss John Skipper says he resigned final yr as a result of anyone who had offered him cocaine was once threatening to extort him.
Skipper’s disclosure, made by the use of an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, solves a much-discussed thriller: Why did the person operating some of the tough media homes on the earth impulsively depart his put up?
Now, he tells journalist James Andrew Miller that he have been a cocaine consumer over “the previous twenty years,” however says that up till past due final yr, he had “by no means allowed it to intrude with my paintings, instead of a neglected aircraft and a couple of canceled morning appointments.”
What modified in December, Skipper says, was once that “anyone from whom I purchased cocaine tried to extort me.” At that time, he says, he informed his circle of relatives, after which Disney CEO Bob Iger. Skipper mentioned he and Iger “agreed that I had positioned the corporate in an untenable place and because of this, I must renounce.”
Since Skipper’s wonder resignation, hypothesis has swirled in regards to the backstory in the back of the transfer. Some business observers puzzled if Iger had requested Skipper to go away as a result of he wasn’t proud of ESPN’s efficiency, or if Skipper had problems past substance abuse, in all probability involving sexual misconduct.
Skipper tells Miller that “the ones rumors and speculations are categorically and definitively unfaithful. There have been no such incidents at paintings all the way through my complete tenure, together with no allegations.”
Final week, Disney introduced that Jimmy Pitaro, who had been running the company’s digital and licensing business, would replace Skipper. I’ve requested Disney and ESPN reps for remark.