Disney Animation head and Toy Story director John Lasseter announced he is taking a six-month leave of absence from Pixar after "painful" conversations. "It's never easy to face your missteps," he wrote in a memo to employees, adding: "It's been brought to my attention that I have made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable. That was never my intent." The Hollywood Reporter writes that it is "hard to overstate Lasseter's value to Disney. He is known as the genius behind Pixar films from Toy Story to the upcoming Coco ... and led a revival that included such gigantic hits as Frozen and Inside Out." One Pixar employee revealed Lasseter was known for "grabbing, kissing, [and] making comments about physical attributes."
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