Netflix comms chief exits after 'insensitive' comments

Netflix comms chief exits after ‘insensitive’ comments

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Netflix comms chief exits after 'insensitive' comments

 

Netflix comms chief exits after 'insensitive' comments

The communications chief at Netflix is exiting the company amid a controversy over "insensitive" comments.

Jonathan Friedland is out after six years as chief communications officer.

"Leaders have to be beyond reproach in the example we set and unfortunately I fell short of that standard when I was insensitive in speaking to my team about words that offend in comedy," he tweets. "I feel awful about the distress this lapse caused to people at a company I love and where I want everyone to feel included and appreciated."

 

Netflix is letting go of its top communications spokesman.

Jonathan Friedland, who's served as the streaming giant's chief communications officer for the past six years, is out at the company after "insensitive" remarks he made to his team. Sources say that Friedland used the N-word in a meeting with other Netflix staffers, some of whom later reported the incident. Per insiders, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings sent a company-wide email explaining Friedland's firing around 12:45 p.m. PT on Friday (see below for the full memo.)

Friedland, a former Disney executive, first joined Netflix in February 2011 as vp global corporate communications, and was promoted to the top comms role the following year. A replacement for Friedland has yet to be named.

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