An employee at Netflix has been terminated after leaking information about the salary of controversial special’s star Dave Chappelle.
An employee of Netflix was fired for leaking secret financial information on what Netflix paid for Dave Chappelle’s comedy special “The Closer,” which some criticized as transphobic, according to Netflix on Friday.
Unnamed employee shared “private, commercially sensitive information outside the organization,” according to a Netflix statement.
The statement read, “We appreciate this employee may have been motivated by dissatisfaction and hurt with Netflix, but preserving a culture of trust and transparency is important to our company.”.
According to the statement, Netflix paid $24.1 million on “The Closer,” which premiered last week and was cited in a Bloomberg news item. Additionally, a 2019 Chapelle special will have a smaller budget than a Bo Burnham special or the nine-episode blockbuster “Squid Game,” according to the story.
“They admitted that they accessed and disseminated critical company information outside,” according to Netflix’s analysis of its internal access logs.
The first episode of “The Closer” aired on October 1 and has already racked up over 10 million views. However, Netflix and LGBTQ advocates were outraged by Chapelle’s remarks on the transgender community.
GLAAD, a media watchdog group, has stated that Netflix’s policy of rejecting programs that incite hatred or violence is violated by “anti-LGBTQ content.”
According to an internal memo from Ted Sarandos, co-CEO of Netflix, the show does not breach the “border on hatred” and will continue on Netflix.
At least one transgender software developer at Netflix has taken issue with the special. Next Wednesday, transgender workers and their colleagues are being pushed to hold a protest walkout.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a business Slack channel posted on Monday wrote, “Our leadership has showed us that they do not uphold the ideals for which we are held.