Former CEO Bob Iger Calls Rumors of His Return “Ridiculous”

As such a large company, the Disney CEO tends to be in a bit of a global spotlight.


The current CEO, Bob Chapek, helmed the company through the global health crisis and the response to new offerings during his time has been controversial. There have been rumors that previous CEO, Bob Iger, could return to the company — and now the retired Disney mogul has responded.

Iger recently appeared on The New York Times Sway podcast with host Kara Swisher to discuss retirement, Disney, and the direction of media as a whole.

Bob Iger at Mickey’s 90th Spectacular

During the podcast, Swisher questioned why now was the right time for Iger to retire to which he responded, “…I always wanted to leave when I felt like I still had it in me to do more, but that things were good and I didn’t want to tempt fate.”

“And I also didn’t want to get to a point where people at the company were saying, when is he finally going to go,” Iger continued, “And there are a couple of other factors.”

Bob Iger ©Disney

Later, Swisher directly addressed the rumors of Iger’s return, “There are rumors that you could become Disney’s CEO again.”

Iger’s response was, “Well, that’s ridiculous.” He continued to drive the point home noting, “I gave my I.D. up, my name tag up…My office, my email address— it’s all gone.”

Bob Iger and Bob Chapek ©Disney

So, it seems that the former Disney CEO has flat out denied rumors of his return to his former position. We’ll be keeping a close eye out for more Iger news, so stay tuned to AllEars for all the latest Disney updates.

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