ESPN president John Skipper resigns, cites problem with substance abuse

ESPN will be looking for a new president.

On Monday, John Skipper announced that he was resigning as ESPN president, citing a substance-abuse problem. He was also serving as co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks.

“Today I have resigned from my duties as President of ESPN,” Skipper said in a statement. “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.”

Bodenheimer, who served as ESPN president from 1998-2011 and as executive chairman until May 2014, will be ESPN’s acting chairman for the next 90 days while Iger, Disney chairman and chief executive officer, looks for Skipper’s replacement.

Skipper, 61, joined ESPN in 1997 to serve as senior vice president and general manager of ESPN The Magazine. He became ESPN’s president on Jan. 1, 2012.

The new president will take over a company that has had some recent struggles, which included another round of layoffs last month.

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