Disney Chairman/CEO Bob Iger Tells Oprah: Axing Roseanne Barr Was Easy Decision


Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday talks this week with Disney chairman/CEO Bob Iger, whose The Ride of a Lifetime book was released earlier this week by Random House.

Iger’s TV OWN interview will simultaneously stream on the “Super Soul Sunday” Facebook page and Oprah’s Facebook page on Sunday, September 29 at 12 p.m. ET/PT and will be available on “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations” podcast beginning Monday, September 30.

Winfrey said in the interview that she wanted Iger to become president.

“If Bob Iger had decided to run for president, I would be canvassing in Iowa right now,’ said Winfrey, a long-time friend of Iger. “More than ever, every day, I wish you had done it.”

Iger said he had explored a 2020 run, but backed off when his Disney tenure was extended after the 21st Century Fox deal.

He also spoke about the decision to end Roseanne Barr’s tenure with her show in 2018 after a tweet that mocked former Barack Obama consultant Valerie Jarrett.

Iger said that he didn’t think “there was any circumstance that would make that right.”

“It took about five minutes to know what we had to do,’ he said.  “It seemed completely insensitive, completely disrespectful. It was very clear. The decision, it was easy to make. What she had done was very, very clear. I didn’t believe any context could make this better or acceptable or could result in us forgiving her. So we did it. And you also know, in today’s world, if there’s a decision to be made by you, make it — because otherwise the world will make it for you, and that’s never good.”

 A clip from an Oprah interview with Iger at the 92nd Street YMCA in Manhattan is above. Here’s a Twitter excerpt from the OWN interview airing tomorrow.

This article was printed from https://deadline.com/2019/09/disney-chairman-bob-iger-tells-oprah-axing-roseanne-was-easy-1202747354/