Bob Iger‘s one helluva good sport.
How many big-time CEOs agree to be awkwardly grilled by their former boss?
Iger did, in the latest installment of CNBC’s “Conversations With Michael Eisner” (which should be subtitled “and Eisner’s Observations About Himself”).
Eisner took his tie off. “I’m handing you my Mickey Mouse tie. … I’m now really out of Disney.” Iger took it gingerly across the table in a deserted Spago, where the show was shot.
“Knowing that your schedule for the rest of the day is meeting, meeting, meeting … I’m kind of relieved it’s you rather than me,” Eisner said, unconvincingly.
Eisner implied Iger way overpaid for Pixar. Eisner insisted he’d had a great relationship with Steve Jobs. “My issue with Steve Jobs was only about money.”
And Eisner kind of called Iger a wuss.
“It must have been a “nightmare … to sit there and watch the board interview all these candidates that weren’t as qualified as you,” said Eisner, although, “It was clear you were going to get it in the end. At least it was to me.”
“Well — it was — it was not clear to me what the outcome would be,” said Iger.
“I mean you never said anything to me like, ‘Who the hell are these people?’ But you must have felt that. No?” said Eisner. “I would have told everybody off. … Of course I wouldn’t have gotten the job.”