Disney Studios announced today that Eeyore, of Winnie the Pooh fame, has been terminated and that his contract was bought out for an undisclosed sum.
“He is no longer affiliated with Disney or the Winnie the Pooh franchise,” said Jay Silkman, vice president of media relations with Disney. ”He’s been very upbeat lately, and frankly, while we are thrilled for him on a personal level, it’s just not consistent with the character of the depressed little grey donkey, that we all came to know and love.”
Eeyore could not be reached for comment, but neighbor and long time friend Jack Wineberg indicated that Eeyore has been taking and responded well to the prescription drug Lexapro. ”He’s a lot more fun to be around, but I’m afraid losing his job may send him spiraling back into that negative mindset that was such a part of his character,” Wineberg went on to say.