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ABC Entertainment chief Steve McPherson is exiting his position running both the Disney-owned network and its sister studio effective immediately.

ABC issued the following statement:

Steve McPherson today submitted his resignation as President, ABC Entertainment Group, and the Company accepted.  Mr. McPherson said, “I want to thank the wonderful team of individuals who have worked with me throughout my time here and wish them nothing but the best.”  A replacement for Mr. McPherson will be announced shortly.

It doesn’t come as a huge surprise considering that rumors have swirled constantly that McPherson and his boss Anne Sweeney (Disney-ABC TV Group president) have clashed for years.

This comes just a year after Sweeney signed McPherson to a multi-year agreement and expanded his role to include the Disney TV studio. It also comes on the heels of ABC’s new Wednesday night comedy lineup, anchored by the Emmy-nominated “Modern Family.”

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