John Skipper resigned as president of ESPN Monday, the network announced. George Bodenheimer will take over his duties for the next 90 days,
“Today I have resigned from my duties as President of ESPN,” Skipper said in a statement. “I have had a wonderful career at the Walt Disney Company and am grateful for the many opportunities and friendships. I owe a debt to many, but most profoundly Michael Lynton, George Bodenheimer and Bob Iger.
“I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction. I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem.
“I have disclosed that decision to the company, and we mutually agreed that it was appropriate that I resign. I will always appreciate the human understanding and warmth that Bob displayed here and always.
“I come to this public disclosure with embarrassment, trepidation and a feeling of having let others I care about down.
Skipper, 61, has been with ESPN since 1997 and took over as president in 2012. Last month, The Big Lead reported he and Disney had agreed to a contract extension keeping him in the position through 2021.