By Joe Flint, and Jennifer Calfas
Netflix Inc. fired an employee who it said had leaked confidential financial information about the streaming giant’s controversial Dave Chappelle stand-up comedy special “The Closer” to Bloomberg News, the company said Friday.
“We understand the employee may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt with Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is core to our company,” a Netflix /zigman2/quotes/202353025/composite NFLX -0.21% spokesman said.
The leak of financial information, including the production costs for “The Closer,” came in the midst of a backlash among some Netflix employees over the content of the special, which include remarks that many in the transgender community have found offensive.
Netflix is known for its wide-open culture, which includes access to sensitive financial information and employee salaries to much of the company’s workforce. In other entertainment companies, such data is guarded much more closely.
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