LOS ANGELES (AP) – Netflix said on Friday it fired an employee for leaking confidential financial information about what he paid for Dave Chappelle’s comedy special “The Closer”, which some condemned as transphobic .
The employee, who has not been named, shared “confidential and commercially sensitive information outside the company,” according to a Netflix statement.
“We understand that this employee may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt by Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is at the heart of our business,” the statement said.
The release says the information is referenced in a Bloomberg article, which reports that Netflix spent $ 24.1 million on “The Closer,” which first aired last week. The article also mentioned lower budgets for a 2019 Chapel special, a Bo Burnham special, and the nine-episode hit “Squid Game”.
Netflix said a review of its internal access logs identified a single person’s information, who “admitted to uploading and sharing sensitive company information externally.”
“The Closer,” first aired on October 1 and has garnered at least 10 million views. However, Chapelle’s remarks about the transgender community sparked protests within Netflix and LGBTQ activists.
Media watchdog group GLAAD said the “anti-LGBTQ content” violated Netflix’s policy of rejecting programs that incite hatred or violence.
However, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos told managers in an internal memo that the show does not cross “the hate line” and will remain on the streaming service.
Several Netflix employees, including a software engineer who identifies as transgender, criticized the special. Transgender employees and their colleagues are being asked to hold a walkout next Wednesday in protest.
“Our leadership has shown us that they are not standing up for the values we stand for,” a report on public broadcaster Slack said Monday, The Los Angeles Times reported.
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