Netflix Boss sacked For Using ‘N-word’
Chief Executive Reed Hastings has apologised to staff for not taking action sooner, in an internal memo.
He said the comments displayed a â€œdeep lack of understandingâ€.
Jonathan Friedland wrote in a tweet: â€œI feel awful about the distress this lapse caused to people at a company I love.â€
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.
â€” jonathan friedland (@jsf33) June 22, 2018
He had been at the video streaming firm since 2011.
â€œLeaders 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.â€
The memo from Mr Hastings was first published by The Hollywood Reporter – its authenticity has been confirmed by the BBC.
â€œHis descriptive use of the N-word on at least two occasions at work showed unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity,â€ stated in the note to all.
Mr Hastings gave two instances when Mr Friedland was allegdly used the offensive word.
The first occurence was at a meeting with the public relations team to discuss sensitive words.
â€œSeveral people afterwards told him how inappropriate and hurtful his use of the N-word was, and Jonathan apologised to those that had been in the meeting,â€ Mr Hastings wrote.
â€œWe hoped this was an awful anomaly never to be repeated.â€
Then the second instance was at a meeting of black employees at the company.
Mr Hastings claimed he only recently heard about the second incident. He however mentioned Mr Friedlandâ€™s great contribution to the company, which is today worth around $180bn (Â£135bn).
â€œJonathan has been a great contributor and he built a diverse global team creating awareness for Netflix, strengthening our reputation around the world, and helping make us into the successful company we are today.
â€œMany of us have worked closely with Jonathan for a long time, and have mixed emotions. Unfortunately, his lack of judgment in this area was too big for him to remain.â€
In a tweet subsequently deleted, Mr Friedland wrote: â€œRise high, fall fast. All on a couple of words.â€