Now things are really getting messy.
Netflix has fired a long time employee who leaked confidential financial information in response to the streamer’s launch of Dave Chappelle’s controversial The Closer special on October 5.
“We have let go of an employee for sharing confidential, commercially sensitive information outside the company,” a Netflix spokesperson said Friday.”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.”
The “commercially sensitive information” in question is that Netflix paid Chappelle $24.1 million for his sixth special for the streamer, up from the $23.6 million the Mark Twain Prize winner received for his 2019 Sticks & Stones special. Appearing in an October 13 Bloomberg article, the leak also revealed that the streamer paid $3.9 million for Bo Burnham’s Inside pandemic special, and $21.4 million for Squid Game. The former was critically acclaimed and the Korean produced latter has gone on to quickly become the most watched Netflix original series ever.
Though the streamer parcels out bits of flattering data here and there, Netflix has always held it viewership and compensation numbers tight to the chest.