Dave Chappelle has spoken out about the controversy over his Netflix special The Closer in a new stand-up video, saying that he is willing to meet with transgender Netflix employees or other members of the trans community, but won’t bend “to anybody’s demands.”
Netflix is considering at least one of the demands made by its trans employees over the backlash from Dave Chappelle’s The Closer. The streaming service is weighing whether or not to put a content warning ahead of the special, which has been soundly criticized for Chappelle’s transphobic jokes.
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 Oct. 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.”
MyNetworkTV has added Kyra Sedgwick-starrer The Closer to its Wednesday night primetime lineup and shifted AMC’s The Walking Dead to Tuesday nights for its second season on the programming service.
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has sold broadcast rights to the TNT drama in more than 88% of the U.S. for 2012-14.
TNT’s hit drama The Closer is coming to its end, the network announced today. The show’s next season, its seventh, air next year and will be its last. Star Kyra Sedgwick made the decision to end the series, TNT said.