Bob Iger has made many enemies during his storied career. From politicians, like Florida Gov Ron DeSantis, to other studio executives, there are many that we would expect to lead the charge against him. Fran Drescher, on the other hand, seems like an unlikely adversary. Nevertheless, some of the fiercest criticism of the two-time CEO of the Walt Disney Company has come from the former star of The Nanny.
Drescher, who is president of the SAG-AFTRA union, took on the Entertainment Industry Titan after he made remarks that the strike was disturbing and unreasonable and that the demands of the actors were unrealistic. The strike, ultimately, was Drescher’s call, and she says she tried to avoid it but eventually came to see that it was “inevitable.” Drescher said that strike was the only recourse because the studio CEOs are “out of touch and tone deaf.”
About Bob Iger, she said, “If I were that company, I would lock him behind doors and never let him talk to anybody about this, because it’s so obvious that he has no clue as to what is really happening on the ground with hard-working people that don’t make anywhere near the salary he is making.” She continued, “High seven figures, eight figures, this is crazy money that they make, and they don’t care — they’re like land barons of a medieval time.”
In another interview, she said that Mr. Iger was the embodiment of everything they are fighting against and asked if he was an “ignoramus.” She mentioned that he was uniquely positioned to lead the charge of change in the industry and instead chose to double down and refuse to bring anything to the table. She also said, “He stuck his foot in it so bad that you notice none of the other CEOs are opening their mouths,” Drescher said. “There he is, sitting in his designer clothes and just got on his private jet at the billionaire’s camp, telling us we’re unrealistic when he’s making $78,000 a day. How do you deal with someone like that who’s so tone-deaf? Are you an ignoramus?”
Drescher told the interviewer that Disney is refusing to budge and that she told negotiators at a meeting, “Congratulations, now you’ve been unable to make deals with two unions.” The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) are both on strike and have similar demands. Both organizations want higher wages, protections from Artificial Intelligence, and greater shares of streaming profit. To learn more about the strike, click here.