ESPN president John Skipper announced his resignation Monday morning, citing a longtime substance addiction as the reason for his abrupt departure from the global sports media giant.
Skipper, who also served as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, ESPN's parent company, will be temporarily replaced by George Bodenheimer, the former network president from 1998 until 2011.
"Today, I have resigned from my duties as President of ESPN," Skipper said in a statement provided by ESPN. "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."