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Hannah Gadsby Has Some Salty Words for Netflix CEO

Comedian doesn't want to be included in Ted Sarandos' defense of Dave Chappelle
By Liz MacGahan,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2021 12:58 PM CDT
Hannah Gadsby Has Some Salty Words for Netflix CEO
File photo of Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby, who does not want Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos to drag her name into his defense of Dave Chappelle's comedy special.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Hannah Gadsby is having none of it from Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos. Sarandos defended leaving Dave Chappelle’s controversial special The Closer on the streaming platform in a memo to employees. That memo read, in part, “We are working hard to ensure marginalized communities aren’t defined by a single story. So we have Sex Education, Orange is the New Black, Control Z, Hannah Gadsby and Dave Chappelle all on Netflix.” And Gadbsy was not thrilled to be named as part of Sarandos’ diversity cred. In an Instagram post with language too salty to quote in its entirety, the Australian comedian said, “Just a quick note to let you know that I would prefer if you didn’t drag my name into your mess.”

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She went on to say Sarandos opened the door for Chappelle’s fans to vent their anger to her. “You didn’t pay me nearly enough to deal with the real world consequences of the hate speech dog whistling you refuse to acknowledge, Ted.” She went on to make a joke about producing poop with more backbone than the businessman, closing by saying, “That’s just a joke! I definitely didn’t cross a line because you just told the world there isn’t one.” Gadsby has two specials on the platform, Nanette and Douglas.

Netflix stood by Chappelle and his special, but did not stand by an employee who leaked financial information about the special. Details about production costs for The Closer were shared outside the company, and the person who did the sharing has been fired, the Wall Street Journal reports. “We understand the employee may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt with Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is core to our company,” a spokesperson for the company said. A thousand employees are planning a walkout next week to protest the company's position. (Read more Netflix stories.)

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