Jul 1 • 49M

Pod: Married to the Bob

Why the Disney board just can’t quit Chapek

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TEAM CHAPEK From left: Christine McCarthy, Disney CFO, CEO Chapek, Kareem Daniel, Chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, and Marvel producer Louis D'Esposito at the Thor: Love and Thunder premiere on June 23. (Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)

Today’s Ankler Hot Seat podcast dissects this week’s move by the Disney board to extend CEO Bob Chapek’s contract for three more years. Hosts Richard Rushfield and Tatiana Siegel are joined by Ankler contributing editor Peter Kiefer to discuss why the Twitter mob — hailing from both the right and the left of the political divide — tried (and failed) to topple the P.R.-challenged chief from his top perch. The trio also breaks down Disney employees’ internal anger over the company’s exclusion of Planned Parenthood from its corporate matching gift program (which supports many pro-life crisis pregnancy centers). And it’s time to celebrate (or rue) the 15-year anniversary of the iPhone, whereby Hollywood’s collective attention span has become so short it can no longer follow an Adam Sandler movie plotline.