Following the Harvey Weinstein scandal was a shake-up in Hollywood that came for multiple studio bigwigs—one of them being Pixar’s John Lasseter. After taking a break following admitted ‘missteps,’ it seems that Lasseter might not even return to Pixar at all.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the entire staff of Pixar will have to attend a mandatory seminar where HR professionals will give a talk about workplace conduct. The talk is also said to take place so the company can discuss its future without Lasseter onboard. They write:
“[The] real reason behind this day of listening is to take the temperature of staff to see how likely it is that Lasseter can come back. That’s a stretch to put somebody back in charge of animation at such a storied brand as Disney after the revelations of his behavior.”
Seeing that Lasseter has been such a big part of Pixar and the rest of Disney’s storytelling think tank, I can imagine his absence would affect the quality of Disney animated movies moving forward. But seeing that the allegations against Lasseter have spanned decades, the family-friendly Disney might want to steer clear of him until it all dies down.
It’s a tough choice: Lose one of your most important and influential storytellers, or lose the public and employee faith?
Here’s a part of Lasseter’s issued apology following the allegations:
“I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the leader I am today compared to the mentor, advocate, and champion I want to be. It’s been brought to my attention that I have made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable. That was never my intent. Collectively, you mean the world to me, and I deeply apologize if I have let you down. I especially want to apologize 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. No matter how benign my intent, everyone has the right to set their own boundaries and have them respected.”
Lasseter’s future with Pixar is still up in the air, but hopefully, his absence won’t affect the way Disney makes its movies moving forward.