Los Angeles Times writer and blogger Brady MacDonald says Disney is denying the rumors.
LA Times: Disneyland fires Jack Sparrow — but don’t believe the salacious rumors
Disneyland has forced Captain Jack Sparrow of “Pirates of the Caribbean” fame to walk the plank, saying the irascible scalawag has “set sail for other high-seas adventures.”
Disneyland officials confirmed that the pirate was indeed fired (due to declining relevance and diminishing visitor requests), but flatly denied published reports that the dismissal had anything to do with female fans flashing their breasts at the swashbuckling actors who portray Jack Sparrow at the Anaheim theme park.
Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown called the breast-flashing rumors “absolutely false” and “simply not true.”
A KTLA-TV story attributes the salacious rumors to former Disneyland pirate Brandon Pinto, who was the subject of a titillating Los Angeles magazine tell-all.
The report on the KTLA website incorrectly stated the Jack Sparrow characters would be removed from the Pirates of the Caribbean water ride. The animatronic characters on the ride will remain, according to Disneyland officials.
The fired Jack Sparrow actors greeted visitors and posed for photos on Tom Sawyer Island and occasionally wandered around New Orleans Square near the POTC ride. Disneyland promises the bad boy buccaneer, made famous by Johnny Depp in the trilogy of movies, will eventually return — “some day.”