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ESPN President John Skipper Resigns, Cites Substance Addiction

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ESPN has announced on Monday morning that president John Skipper has resigned.

Monday morning, ESPN announced that its president John Skipper has resigned. George Bodenheimer, who served as president of the network from 1998-2011, will take over the position temporarily.

Skipper, who is also the co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, cited substance addiction as a factor in his decision.

Here's more, via ESPN:

"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.

As I deal with this issue and what it means to me and my family, I ask for appropriate privacy and a little understanding.

To my colleagues at ESPN, it has been a privilege. I take great pride in your accomplishments and have complete confidence in your collective ability to continue ESPN's success."

Skipper was brought on at ESPN in 1997. He previously worked for Rolling Stone, Us and Spin before moving on to Disney.

Disney chairman Bob Iger will attempt to find Skipper's permanent replacement in the next 90 days.