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Disney’s Bob Iger Reportedly Gives Employees Ultimatum: “Mad for the Mouse” or Get Out

Just hours after replacing Bob Chapek and being reinstated as Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger reportedly issued an ultimatum to employees across The Walt Disney Company, demanding they “go mad for the mouse” or get out.

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In a tweet on Sunday evening, Paris Martineau, a tech reporter at The Information, tweeted, “Bob Iger just sent a company-wide email telling all Disney employees they have till 5 pm tomorrow to decide if they’re ready to go ‘mad for the mouse’ or take severance.”

It was a bold tweet, and the notion that Iger would jump into his new-old position and make it his first order of business to send out a mass email, giving employees less than 24 hours to decide whether to sign over their lives to Disney–um, “the Mouse”–or follow suit with Chapek and get the boot, sounds a bit (angrily) ambitious, even for a go-getter like Iger.

But the replies to the tweet tell the story.

User @seanlconnelly tweeted, “Jeff Harmening, CEO of General Mills, just sent a company-wide email telling all employees they have till 5 pm tomorrow to decide if they’re ready to go ‘Cuckoo-for-cocoa-puffs’ or take severance,” jumping on the tyrant CEO-bashing bandwagon.

And the fun just continued from there.

One user hilariously responded, tweeting, “As if Disney would offer severance.”

The tweet is a nod to–or jab at–Twitter’s new fearless leader, Elon Musk, who gave workers at the social media company a deadline by which to decide whether they’ll stay on with the company or leave.

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In reality, it’s not likely Bob Iger will send any such email to any employees anytime soon (or ever). His track record in setting the standard in large company leadership is an impressive one that includes success after success, including overseeing huge mergers and acquisitions nearly seamlessly.

Disney’s Iger was reinstated on Sunday night as CEO of The Walt Disney Company, replacing Bob Chapek after a short, “tumultuous” tenure of fewer than 3 years in the role.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!