Netflix has fired an employee who leaked internal financial information about Dave Chappelle’s ‘The Closer’ comedy special. (File Photo – Reuters)
A Netflix spokesperson confirmed that the company dismissed an employee for sharing confidential, commercial sensitive information outside the company.
Without disclosing the name of the employee, the spokesperson said “We understand this employee may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt with Netflix.”
The spokesperson further added “But maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is core to our company.”
The individual who was terminated has been encouraging trans employees and allies to walk out of work in protest of how Netflix has responded to controversy over transphobic jokes in Chappelle’s new comedy special, The Closer, according to TheWrap.
This comes as The Bloomberg published an article on 13th of October, detailing the cost of Chappelle’s comedy specials relative to other projects on the streaming service.
The article stated that Chappelle’s “Sticks and Stones,” which was released in 2019, cost the service $23.6 million, compared to his just-released “The Closer,” that cost $24.1 million.
According to the documents reviewed by Bloomberg, “Sticks & Stones” had an “impact value” of $19.4 million, meaning it cost more than the value it generated.