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Bob Iger Has Just Confirmed That Disney Will Proceed With a Hiring Freeze, Says “That Has to Continue”

A little over a week before Bob Chapek was fired as the Chief Executive Officer of the Walt Disney Company, it was announced that Disney would undergo a hiring freeze.

It’s currently been a little over a week since Bob Iger was reinstated as the CEO of Walt Disney, and fans and Cast Members alike have had many questions regarding the changes he’ll bring.

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This afternoon, Iger held an employee-wide Town hall event that was live-streamed to Cast Members who couldn’t make it in person. During this Town Hall, Iger answered some of our burning questions and confirmed that the hiring freeze is still on.

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A source who attended the event recently shared some information with DisneyTips, revealing that Iger was asked directly about the hiring freeze and whether that would continue while he is CEO.

Iger responded, saying he “Just got here.” He continues, saying,

I don’t have any plans to not do that. That has to continue. Considered length of time as we address cost structure of company.

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It’s no secret that the Walt Disney Company isn’t financially performing as successfully as they’d like. Between the recent pandemic and the two hurricanes that traveled across Florida in September and November (Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Nicole, respectively), the Walt Disney Company took a hit. Not only that, but Disney+ has cost the company more money than anticipated.

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Before he was fired as the CEO, Bob Chapek announced that specific cost-cutting measures would continue at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, despite how they affect the Guest experience. It appears that cost-cutting measures, such as this hiring freeze, are here to stay.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.