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Disney, Pixar Animation executive John Lasseter to take leave of absence, citing 'missteps'

LOS ANGELES - John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is taking a six-month leave of absence, citing unspecified "missteps," a stunning reversal of fortune for a figure so influential in Hollywood he has often been compared to Walt Disney.

Lasseter, the pioneering executive who built Emeryville, Calif.-based Pixar Animation Studios into an entertainment juggernaut and helped revive Disney's once-struggling animation business, said in a memo to staff Tuesday that the decision followed a "number of difficult conversations that have been very painful for me."

He added: "It's never easy to face your missteps, but it's the only way to learn from them. ... It's been brought to my attention that I have made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable. That was never my intent."

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