The Walt Disney Co. announced today that Lasseter is officially exiting his position as chief creative officer of both Pixar and Disney Animation, effective December 31. Until then, he will have a consulting role with the company.
In his official statement, Bob Iger, Disney chairman and CEO praised John's "remarkable tenure" and " for "assembling a team of great storytellers and innovators with the vision and talent to set the standard in animation for generations to come."
Lasseter, 61, also issued a statement about his exit:
"The last six months have provided an opportunity to reflect on my life, career and personal priorities. While I remain dedicated to the art of animation and inspired by the creative talent at Pixar and Disney, I have decided the end of this year is the right time to begin focusing on new creative challenges. I am extremely proud of what two of the most important and prolific animation studios have achieved under my leadership and I'm grateful for all the opportunities to follow my creative passion at Disney."
After various staffers came forward late last year about unwelcome hugs and other attention from Lasseter that made them feel uncomfortable, he agreed to take a leave of absence "to start taking better care of myself, to recharge and be inspired, and ultimately return with the insight and perspective I need to be the leader you deserve."
In his statement at that time, he apologized "to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape, or form."
He has won two Oscars, one for the Animated Short " Tin Toy" and a Special Achievement Award for "Toy Story." He has overseen nine films that went on to win Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, the most recent being 2016's "Zootopia."