Andy Rubin, the Godfather of Android and CEO of Essential, is reportedly taking a leave of absence from his company. This news comes fresh on the heels of The Information’s report that Rubin had an “inappropriate relationship” with a subordinate during his time at the helm of Google’s Android team.

A spokesperson for the Essential CEO gave the following statement to The Information:

Any relationship that Mr. Rubin had while at Google was consensual… Mr. Rubin was never told by Google that he engaged in any misconduct while at Google and he did not, either while at Google or since.

Niccolo de Masi ‘Essentially’ running the show while Andy Rubin takes leave of absence

The details surrounding this story are pretty scarce, but according to The Verge, “Essential confirmed that Rubin had stepped aside and said that Niccolo de Masi, Essential’s president, would be in charge for the time being.”

It’s also worth noting that this story didn’t just break, although it’s just making it’s way to the Internet today. Apparently, A-Rubes asked for this leave of absence at the company’s last board meeting – in early November – to “deal with personal matters”.

Will there be another Essential Phone?

While this doesn’t seem to be anything of Kevin Spacey (or, insert pretty much any male from Hollywood these days) proportions, it does leave some burning questions. The company’s first phone isn’t doing all that well, in terms of sales.

In fact, you can get the Essential Phone for less than $500 bucks pretty much everywhere right now. I know I saw it with the 360 Camera for just $400 the other day, although I’m not sure if that deal still exists, or if that was just a Black Friday/Cyber Monday thing.

With these facts in mind, what are your thoughts, readers? Will there be a follow-up for the Godfather of Android’s Essential Phone, or is it dead in the water? Sound off in the comment threads, or head over to our Google+ community and let us know what you think.

And for God’s sake, keep it in your pants, you animals!