Toronto Star

Chappelle special leak leads to firing


Netflix has fired an employee for allegedly leaking financial data that detailed how much the company paid for Dave Chappelle’s latest — and highly controvers­ial — comedy special, “The Closer.”

The streaming service has been in the throes of a firestorm because of Chappelle’s incendiary remarks about trans and LGBTQ individual­s in his special. The situation was exacerbate­d by the company’s flippant response to the backlash, which has irked Netflix employees, comics and others who have called for the hit standup special to be pulled from the platform.

“We have let go of an employee for sharing confidenti­al, commercial­ly sensitive informatio­n outside the company,” a Netflix spokespers­on told the Hollywood Reporter and Variety on Friday.

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