Disney has fired General Entertainment Content Chairman Peter Rice, the executive who trashed Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis over his parental rights bill.
Rice was fired by Disney CEO Bob Chapek in a major shakeup at the company.
“Personally, I see this law as a violation of fundamental human rights,” Rice said about Florida’s anti-grooming law.
He will be replaced by his top lieutenant, Dana Walden.
The move has shocked Hollywood, with many suggesting it was a preemptive move as Chapek fears Rice is angling for his job.
“Dana is a dynamic, collaborative leader and cultural force who in just three years has transformed our television business into a content powerhouse that consistently delivers the entertainment audiences crave,” Chapek said.
“Her well-earned reputation for championing creative talent and developing programming that truly captures the cultural zeitgeist has resulted in hit after hit, from ABC’s ‘Abbott Elementary’ and Onyx Collective’s Academy Award-winning ‘Summer of Soul,’ to Hulu Originals like ‘Only Murders in the Building,’ ‘Dopesick,’ ‘The Dropout’ and ‘The Kardashians.’
“She and Peter have worked closely together for years to create the best programming in the industry, and I can think of no one better than Dana to lead Disney General Entertainment to even greater heights.”
Rice wrote in his last memo to staff:
“Hi everyone, I am incredibly sad that this will be the last ‘weekend read’ that I will be sending you.
“It has been such a pleasure and a privilege to work alongside each of you here at Disney and many of you at 21st Century Fox.
“I am so proud of the work we have done together, the friendships we have forged, and the consistent success we have celebrated.
“We have the honor of working in the world’s greatest and most creative industry at a time of enormous change.
“In the midst of this, together we have created amazing and award-winning television shows and I am eternally grateful for your kindness and generosity on the journey.
“As I depart Disney, may I leave you with a last thought: remain committed to excellence and always recognize that our stories are dependent upon the imagination and artistry of the writers, directors, producers, actors, and craftsmen that we have engaged to call Disney home.
“It has been so much fun to collaborate with them to bring their ideas to life.
“So, while I will no longer be riding along beside you, I wish you happy trails and hope that our paths will cross again.”
ICYMI: A Disney chairman who voiced his opposition for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ anti-grooming bill has been ousted from the company.https://t.co/IhBCY21Lyr
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