Netflix Fires Employee for Sharing Confidential Data About Dave Chappelle Stand-Up Special Outside the Company

Netflix has terminated an unidentified staffer who shared “commercially sensitive information” with someone outside the company that was included in a Bloomberg news report, violating the streamer’s policies.

The data included Netflix financial figures for Dave Chappelle’s “The Closer” stand-up special, which has stirred a major backlash both inside and outside the company over the comedian’s transphobic material.

“We have let go an employee for sharing confidential, commercially sensitive information outside the company,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to Variety. “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.”

A source familiar with the situation told Variety that the confidential information was cited in a Bloomberg article about the Netflix employee backlash about Chappelle’s special.

Per the Bloomberg report, Netflix paid $24.1 million for the “The Closer” and $23.6 million for Chappelle’s “Sticks & Stones” 2019 special.  That’s well more than the company paid for Bo Burnham’s “Inside” special ($3.9 million) and even more than it shelled out ($21.4 million) for global smash hit “Squid Game,” which the company is the most-watched Netflix original in its initial release to date.

Netflix estimated an “impact value” for “Sticks & Stones” of $19.4 million, per the internal documents cited by Bloomberg. That gave “Sticks & Stones” an “efficiency” ratio of 0.8 (cost vs. impact value) compared with 2.8 for Burnham’s “Inside.”

Netflix famously operates a corporate culture in which it openly shares information with employees. However, according to its employment policies, Netflix staff members are not allowed to share private info outside the company.

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