John Lasseter, who was the chief creative officer of Pixar and Disney Animation will be leaving the company at the end of 2018.  According to sources, Lasseter took a leave of absence last year for what he described as “missteps”, making some colleagues feel “disrespected and uncomfortable.”

The Hollywood Reporter wrote an article last year stating that an unnamed Pixar employee said that Lasseter had a reputation among employees “for grabbing, kissing and making comments about physical attributes.”

Lasseter said in a statement released by Disney, that the “last six months have provided an opportunity to reflect on my life, career and personal priorities.”

“While I remain dedicated to the art of animation and inspired by the creative talent at Pixar and Disney, I have decided the end of this year is the right time to begin focusing on new creative challenges,” he said. “I am extremely proud of what two of the most important and prolific animation studios have achieved under my leadership and I’m grateful for all of the opportunities to follow my creative passion at Disney.”

Disney CEO Bob Iger also released a statement crediting Mr. Lasseter with “reinventing the animation business, taking breathtaking risks and telling original, high-quality stories that will last forever.”  Iger also described Lasseter’s tenure as “remarkable.”

No replacement has been named for Lasseter yet, but Jennifer Lee, a director of “Frozen,” is expected to be promoted at Walt Disney Animation.

Lasseter will no longer have an office.  He will be taking a consulting role at the company until the end of the year, before leaving permanently

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Sources: New York Times, CNN, Hollywood Reporter

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