Netflix Employee Fired For Leaking Financial Info About Chappelle Special


Update 10/16/2021 11:20am:

The backlash Dave Chappelle has been facing since the release of his comedy special

‘The Closer’ has reportedly created issues in the Netflix offices. Recently, an employee

was fired after they leaked confidential fiscal information related to Chappelle’s

comedy special.

The company released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, saying, “We have let

go of an employee for sharing confidential, commercially sensitive information

outside the company. 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.” News of this comes after it was revealed that

the fired employee was staging a walkout for trans employees at the company on

October 20.

According to reports, the former employee reportedly leaked information to

Bloomberg, noting that Netflix spent $24.1 million on Chappelle’s latest special ‘The

Closer,’ and $23.6 million on his 2019 show, Sticks & Stones. That is reportedly more

than the $21.4 million they spent on their latest successful series, Squid Game.

The former employee is a Black person who has spoken on the matter since being

fired. The former employee went on to say, “All these white people are going around

talking to the press and speaking publicly on Twitter, and the only person who gets

fired is the Black person who was quiet the entire time. That’s absurd, and just further

shows that Black trans people are the ones being targeted in this conversation.”

source: The Hollywood Reporter

Original 10/11/2021 3:32pm:

Reports surfaced noting that Netflix recently suspended a trans employee and two

other employees after they blasted Dave Chappelle’s new stand-up special ‘The Closer.’

It was noted that Terra Field, a senior software engineer for the company who

identifies as trans and uses she/her pronouns, was suspended after she and two other

employees stormed the “QBR” meeting. The meeting is reportedly a two-day quarterly

business review that brings together the top 500 employees at the streaming platform.

While the meeting was a quarterly business review, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos asked

other executives how the company should respond to employee and talent concerns

over Chappelle’s recent special. At that point, Field and the two other employees

reportedly interjected.

Netflix claims they didn’t suspend Field and the other two employees for their

criticism of special, but more for them storming the meeting uninvited. A

spokesperson for Netflix said, “It is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended

any employees for tweeting about this show. Our employees are encouraged to

disagree openly, and we support their right to do so.”

As of now, an investigation was launched into the three individuals who stormed into

the meeting. News of this comes after Sarandos reportedly sent out a staff memo that

was in support of Chappelle’s special. Sarandos went on to say, “Particularly in stand-

up comedy, artistic freedom is obviously a very different standard of speech than we

allow internally as the goals are different: entertaining people versus maintaining a

respectful, productive workplace.”

source: Variety

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