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Netflix Fires Employee In Controversy Related To New Dave Chappelle Special

By DA Staff 16 October 2021

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Netflix has fired an employee amidst all the controversy surrounding Dave Chappelle’s new special The Closer. It is alleged that the employee leaked detailed financial reports about how much the special cost the streaming service compared to other projects.

“We have let go of an employee for sharing confidential, commercially sensitive information outside the company,” a Netflix spokesperson told the Hollywood Reporter and Variety on Friday. “We understand this employee may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt with Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is core to our company.”

The streaming service has been facing significant backlash for Chappelle’s latest special wherein the comedian has made some jokes about gender identity and sided with JK Rowling’s transphobic remarks.

Citing the leaked documents, Bloomberg reported that Netflix paid US $24.1 million for The Closer, with at least 10 million viewers since its premiere on 1 October. The report also mentions the budget for the comedian’s 2019 special Sticks & Stones which was US $23.6 million, Bo Burnham’s Inside (US $3.9 million) and the viral series Squid Game (US $21.4 million).

Several Netflix employees have been vocal about their issues with Chappelle’s comments in The Closer, which they claim are potentially inflammatory and damaging to the trans community. The employees have also planned a walkout next week to protest the special. The employee who was fired was one of the leaders behind the group organising the walkout, according to The Verge.

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