NYPost John Skipper was forced to resign at ESPN after he was extorted by a person he bought cocaine from, the ex-network president revealed in a bombshell interview with the Hollywood Reporter. Skipper’s departure from ESPN in December sent shockwaves through the industry, and the abrupt nature of it is now clear. “They threatened me, and I understood immediately that threat put me and my family at risk, and this exposure would put my professional life at risk as well,” Skipper told the magazine. “I foreclosed that possibility by disclosing the details to my family, and then when I discussed it with [Disney CEO] Bob [Iger], he and I agreed that I had placed the company in an untenable position and as a result, I should resign.” Skipper said he had always been cautious about his drug use, but “not this time. It turned out I wasn’t careful this time.” Skipper said he had never done cocaine at work at ESPN and only had used infrequently over the past 20 years, with it never affecting his work performance. ESPN announced earlier this month that Disney exec Jimmy Pitaro would replace Skipper. Skipper said his problem with the drug led to his going outside his normal avenue of purchasing it, which opened himself up to the risk that he feared.
That’s it? John Skipper had to resign from ESPN due to a cocaine problem? I thought all CEO’s and Presidents or major corporations dabbled in The Devil’s Dandruff? John Skipper apparently could not buy cocaine from his normal dealer who he trusted for one reason or another, so he bought cocaine from another drug dealer, who demanded a large sum of money or he would expose the fact that Skipper was a raging coke head. Instead of paying the ransom, Skipper exposed the extortion plot, which forced him to resign from ESPN. As you probably know, ESPN is owned by Disney, so Skipper had no choice but to resign when it was revealed that he was using cocaine. However, in today’s climate, we all assumed that John Skipper was forced to resign because he was pulling his junk out at work or groping female employees. Don’t worry John Skipper. It’s just a little cocaine! It’s Hollywood! You’ll be working again in no time.