Inside Bob Iger’s Sudden Disney Departure as CEO and Hollywood’s Surprised Response

WAXWORD

Studio executives and Hollywood power players are still questioning the timing and suddenness of Iger’s exit

Nearly two weeks after longtime Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger blindsided Hollywood and Wall Street with the news that he was stepping down from the top job to make way for parks leader Bob Chapek, the smoke still hasn’t cleared.

Studio executives and Hollywood power players are still asking privately if not publicly about the timing and suddenness of Iger’s move to executive chairman, questioning if there isn’t more to Disney’s explanation that the change had long been in the works.

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Sharon Waxman

Sharon Waxman

Sharon Waxman, is the founder, CEO and Editor in Chief of TheWrap. She is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, and was a Hollywood correspondent for The New York Times.

Trey Williams

Trey Williams

Film Reporter covering the biz • trey.williams@thewrap.com • Twitter: @trey3williams