Yep, that was Disney’s Bob Iger giving the weather forecast on TV
Yes, that was former Disney CEO Bob Iger delivering the weather report on KABC-7 in Los Angeles this morning – and courageously opening up the possibility of a late-life career change.
The 70-year-old, who is expected to step down as executive chairman of the Disney board at the end of the month, honed his skills as a meteorologist to deliver the day’s forecast to soggy Angelenos – much to the delight of local anchors.
Iger visited his “favorite news station” to talk about her transformative 47-year stint with Disney and ABC. KABC meteorologist Leslie Lopez then invited the author of “The Ride of a Lifetime” to try out his on-air functions.
The former meteorologist, who admitted he was “not very good,” began his career in 1973 at a cable station in Ithaca, NY, and joined ABC in 1974, 22 years before Disney acquired the network. After what he called a “48-year hiatus,” he delivered the morning weather report fairly transparently – albeit with little eye contact with the right camera – and with a healthy fear of “disappointing the Southland “.
“So you can see that there is a light rain falling over the Southland this morning which should get a bit heavier as the day progresses,” he recited. “However, this is just a prelude to a big storm that is expected to sweep through Southland on Monday and Tuesday morning.”
Indeed, Iger effortlessly shrugged and examined temperatures across the region, with the ever-changing map updating behind him showing viewers’ temperatures in Lake Elsinore, Riverside, Glendale, Oxnard and Thousand Oaks, as well as the full seven day forecast.
Iger also shared anecdotal observations of how bad weather would affect his biking plans on Saturday, but celebrated the arrival of snow for the holidays – just like an ideal weather reporter would.
Lopez told him he had done very well, but Iger humbly admitted that he “would look dutifully.”
“By the way, I started as a meteorologist when I was 23,” he joked with Lopez. “So there is a possibility that you will become the CEO of The Walt Disney Company.”