John Lasseter: Disney/Pixar executive takes leave of absence
John Lasseter attends the premiere of 'Coco' at El Capitan Theatre on November 8, 2017 in Los Angeles.
Lasseter, the chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studios announced on Nov. 21, 2017 that he was taking a six-month leave of absence noting in a memo to employees that "It’s been brought to my attention that I have made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable."
John Lasseter and his wife Nancy Lasseter attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif.
Pixar Animation Studios creative director Jay Ward from left chief creative officer John Lasseter and production designer Jay Shuster introduce Lightning McQueen of Cars 3 during the 2017 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit on Jan. 8, 2017.
Writers Will McCormack and Rashida Jones and director John Lasseter of TOY STORY 4 take part in "Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films" presentation at Disney's D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif on Aug. 14, 2015.
Amy Poehler (L) and John Lasseter pose as they arrive for the screening of the film 'Inside Out' at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 18, 2015.
John Lasseter and Pete Docter pose for photographers during a photo call for the film 'Inside Out,' at the Cannes film festival on May 18, 2015.
Character Baymax (L) and chief creative officer at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studios John Lasseter attend the premiere of Disney's 'Big Hero 6' at the El Capitan Theatre on Nov. 4, 2014 in Hollywood, Calif.
From left to right, Maya Rudolph, John Lasseter, and Jamie Chung take a selfie at the premiere of the animated feature film 'Big Hero 6' on Nov. 4, 2014 in Los Angeles.
John Lasseter and Josh Gad attend the premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios' 'Frozen' at the El Capitan Theatre on Nov., 19, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif.
John Lasseter, left, and Kristen Bell attend the world premiere of 'Frozen,' on Nov. 19, 2013, in Los Angeles.
John Lasseter attends the world premiere of Disney Pixar's 'Monsters University' at the El Capitan Theatre on June 17, 2013 in Hollywood.
Academy Award-winning director John Lasseter is honored with the 2,453th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Calif. on November 1, 2011.
John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studio, poses for a portrait while promoting the film 'Cars 2', in Los Angeles, June 18, 2011.
From left, directors Brad Bird, Andrew Stanton, John Lasseter, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich pose during the photo call for the Lifetime Achievement Award they received for their animated movies at the 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Sept. 6, 2009.
John Lasseter attends the 'Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement' photocall at the Palazzo del Casino during the 66th Venice Film Festival on Sept. 6, 2009 in Venice, Italy.
(L-R) Director Pete Docter, director Bob Peterson, producer Jonas Rivera, singer and actor Charles Aznavour, actor Tom Trouffier, Executive Producer John Lasseter, Edwin Catmull, president of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar and Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios Dick Cook attend the 'Up' Photo Stunt at the Carlton Pier during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 13, 2009 in Cannes, France.
Pixar's John Lasseter (left) and director Brad Bird arrive at the premiere of Disney's 'The Incredibles' on Oct. 24, 2004 at the El Capitan Theatre, in Los Angeles.
(L-R) Disney Executive Dick Cook, CEO of Apple Steve Jacobs and producer John Lasseter arrive at the premiere of 'Finding Nemo' at the El Capitan theatre on May 18, 2003 in Hollywood, Calif.