Jonathan Friedland, the chief communications officer for Netflix has been fired from the company after he used the N-word in a staff meeting. He had been with the company for six years.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings sent a company-wide email explaining his firing on Friday. Friedland, a former Disney executive, first joined Netflix in February 2011 as vice president global corporate communications, and was promoted to the top communications role the following year.
Friedland in a statement said, “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. 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 this collective adventure in building the world’s leading entertainment service.”
The shake-up comes as Netflix, led by Hastings, ended the first quarter with 125 million subscribers worldwide, with expectations to add 6.2 million in the second quarter. Just last week, the company’s shares closed 3 percet higher to a new record of $404.98, even as the broader markets fell.
A replacement for Friedland is yet o be made.