Exec Made Odd Request of Employees in Bad-News Call

Listen to "Trolls" song and maybe you'll feel better about layoffs, he suggested
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2020 2:15 AM CDT
Updated Oct 25, 2020 2:00 PM CDT
Exec Made Odd Request of Employees in Bad-News Call
This combination photo shows Meg Whitman at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Breakfast Gala in Los Angeles on Dec. 11, 2019, left, and Jeffrey Katzenberg at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 19, 2020.   (AP Photo)

A Wednesday video call with Quibi employees, in which they were informed the streaming service would be shutting down just six months after launching, got a little strange at one point. Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, whom the Wall Street Journal reports was "emotional," gave the employees—who will be laid off and given severance—some advice. Specifically, per multiple sources, that they listen to "Get Back Up Again," an Anna Kendrick song from the animated movie Trolls, to help themselves feel better. Sample Twitter response to the odd tidbit: "QUIBI WAS A YEAR LONG SCHEME TO ADVERTISE DREAMWORKS FILM 'TROLLS.'" (More Jeffrey Katzenberg stories.)

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