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Netflix fires employee for sharing financial information about Dave Chappelle’s comedy special

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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.

See also : Netflix employee group plans walkout amid tensions over Dave Chappelle special

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.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com .

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