Netflix has fired its top communications staffer after he used the N-word in a meeting, Hollywood Reporter reports.
Jonathan Friedland had been in his position for six years. The former Disney exec used the N-word in a meeting with other Netflix staffers, Hollywood Reporter reports. His departure was announced via a staff-wide email that referenced “insensitive remarks.”
“Jonathan contributed greatly in many areas, but his descriptive use of the N-word on at least two occasions at work showed unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity, and is not in line with our values as a company,” the company’s CEO said in a statement.
Friedland apologized in his own statement.
“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 wrote in a statement. “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.”