Eisner to leave Mouse with mouse-like quietness

This is Michael Eisner’s last week at Disney, but don’t expectThe NYT reports that there will be no party, and that the only press he’s agreed to is a one-page retrospective in an internal Disney newsletter.

Mr. Eisner has little to say about his leaving. Through a spokeswoman, he declined last week to discuss his career. Instead he is expected to send an e-mail message to Disney’s employees before he vacates his office.

Several Disney executives and others who have talked to Mr. Eisner in recent days said it was an awkward time for him. He is leaving a job he loves before he is ready to, they said. Moreover, they added, he is concerned that last year’s shareholder revolt, after which he was stripped of his chairman’s title, will be given greater weight in assessing his legacy than the gains he made at the company in his early years.

Nonetheless, I’m sure his favorite-son status at Camp Keewaydin will remain unchallenged.