‘Most Popular Comedian on Netflix’: Netflix CEO Stands with Dave Chappelle, Says Platform Would Order More Specials ‘Again and Again’ Following Outrage

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Dave Chappelle’s 2021 Netflix special “The Closer” generated a huge backlash against the streaming giant after the controversial comedian made offensive remarks about transgender people. While the project garnered Chappelle’s two Primetime Emmy nominations, it sparked threats of boycotts from employees as many demanded the actor be held accountable. Instead, co-founder Reed Hastings says& they’re prepared to order more Chappelle specials “again and again.”& Hasting recently made the admission at The New York Times’ DealBook Summit on Wednesday, telling reporters, “We’re just trying to be the most exciting entertainment company and more,” when it comes to how they’ve handled controversy in recent years, before adding, “That special was one of the most entertaining watch specials we’ve ever had. We would do it again and again.”“The Closer” served as the final special per Chappelle’s agreement with the streaming giant. Hastings described the comedian as “very entertaining and provocative,” noting that he aligns with Netflix’s overall goal of being “about entertainment.” Co-CEO Ted Saranados made a similar statement following the show’s October 2021 release after many called for it to be removed from streaming services.& However, Saranados later sent out an email stating that not only would they not remove the show,...