John Lasseter Leaving Disney After ‘Missteps’

JOHN LASSETER LEAVING DISNEY AFTER 'MISSTEPS'

(CNN) – Legendary animator John Lasseter is leaving Disney at the end of the year.

In a statement, Disney says Lasseter will serve as a consultant for the company for the rest of this year.

Lasseter had served as chief creative officer of Pixar and Disney Animation before taking a leave of absence last year.

Lasseter said he took the break after what he called “missteps” that made his colleagues feel “disrespected and uncomfortable”.

He also apologized to anyone who received what he called an “unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line”.

Last November, the Hollywood reporter published a story alleging Lasseter engaged in inappropriate behavior on the job.

Lasseter was one of the founders of Pixar, the animation studio responsible for such films as “Toy Story” and “Finding Nemo”.

He’s also been credited for reviving Disney’s animation arm with such films as “Frozen”.

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