John Lasseter, co-founder of Pixar, to leave Disney for good over sexual harassment

John Lasseter has left Pixar and this time is forever. 

Last November, the award-winning Disney animator, co-founder, director and executive producer of Pixar took a six-month leave of absence while being accused of sexual harassment and will now officially leave the company at the end of the year.

John Lasseter, co-founder of Pixar, to leave Disney for good over sexual harassment


Lasseter will remain a consultant until December 31 and it seems he may have other plans after that: "I have decided that by the end of this year it will be the right time to start focusing on new creative challenges," he said in a statement.

It is worth noting that "taking a license", "staying as a consultant" and "focusing on new creative challenges" are common euphemisms that are used when a company executive runs out.

However, it seems that Disney is showing this situation as a friendly arrangement.

Following the #MeToo movement, where allegations of sexual assault and misconduct began to take more seriously than ever, it would be more surprising that Lasseter returned to Disney after his six-month leave.

Here is the full statement of Disney and Lasseter:

DECLARATION OF THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

After his sabbatical, John Lasseter will assume a consulting role at The Walt Disney Company until December 31, 2018, at which time he will leave the company.

"John held a prominent position at Pixar and Disney Animation, reinventing the animation business, taking on dazzling risks and telling high-quality original stories that will last forever," said Robert A. Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. . "We are deeply grateful for his contributions, which included a remarkable and masterly change from The Walt Disney Animation Studios." One of John's greatest achievements was bringing together a team of great storytellers and innovators with the vision and talent to set the standard. in animation of the generations to come ".

"The last six months gave me the opportunity to reflect on my life, my professional career and my personal priorities," said John Lasseter. "While I'm still dedicated to the art of animation and inspired by the creative talent of Pixar and Disney, I've decided that the end of this year will be the right time to start focusing on new creative challenges, and I'm extremely proud of what two of the Most important and prolific animation studios have achieved under my leadership and I am grateful for all the opportunities to follow my creative passion at Disney. "

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