Netflix’s chief communications officer, Jonathan Friedland, is leaving the company after making “insensitive” comments to members of his team, he revealed Friday on Twitter.
“I’m leaving Netflix after seven years. 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,” Friedland tweeted on Friday.
“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. I feel honored to have built a brilliant and diverse global team and to have been part of our collective adventure,” he continued on Twitter.
The Hollywood Reporter said Friedland used the N-word in a meeting, and some staffers reported the incident to management.
Netflix Ceo Reed Hastings sent out a memo for the whole company with the news of Friedland.
The news comes as the streaming giant, led by CEO Reed Hastings, ended the first quarter of 2018 with 125 million subscribers worldwide, with expectations to 6.2 million in the second quarter. Last week, the company’s shares closed 3 percent higher to a new record of $404.98.
SOURCE: MARKET WATCH AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER