During his three-year tenure at Disney, most recently as chairman of Disney General Entertainment Content, Peter Rice had a tradition of sending off his staff for the weekend with “weekend read” memos highlighting show premieres and major milestones for the divisions under his purview and congratulating people on their accomplishments.
On Thursday afternoon, 24 hours after his shocking dismissal by Disney CEO Bob Chapek and 24 before he would’ve normally sent it, Rice emailed out one final edition of his “weekend read.”
In the memo (read it in full below), Rice kept the usual congratulatory tone by highlighting the achievements of his teams during his tenures both at Disney and 21st Century Fox before that. (The British-born executive also paid homage to his adopted country by using the American vs. British spelling of “honor.”)
I am incredibly sad that this will be the last “weekend read” that I will be sending you. It has been such a pleasure and a privilege to work alongside each of you here at Disney and many of you at 21st Century Fox.