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ESPN president John Skipper resigns, cites substance abuse issue

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John Skipper resigns over substance abuse issues

John Skipper resigned as president of ESPN and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks on Monday morning, citing a need to deal with a long-term problem with substance abuse.

George Bodenheimer, ESPN's president from 1998-2011 and its executive chairman until May 2014, will take over as the acting chairman for the next 90 days.

"Today I have resigned from my duties as President of ESPN," the 61-year-old 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 (Disney chairman and chief executive officer) Bob Iger."

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