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Top Netflix Exec Ousted For Using Racial Slur

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Top Netflix Exec Ousted For Using Racial Slur

Netflix has fired its head of communications over his use of the “N-word.”

In an internal memo, Chief Executive Reed Hastings apologized to staff for not acting sooner, according to the BBC.

The ousted executive, Jonathan Friedland, also issued an apology on Twitter Friday and said he's leaving the company after seven years, according to CNN.

"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," the tweet reads. "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."

Variety obtained a copy of a memo Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings sent to employees to explain the situation. CNNMoney confirmed the accuracy of the memo through a source familiar with the matter.

It recounts an incident that occurred "several months ago" when Friedland used the N-word during a meeting with Netflix public relations staff during a discussion about "sensitive words." Several people told him they were offended by his use of the full word, according to Hastings's memo.

Friedland again used the word a few days later in front of two black employees in Netflix's human resources department when they were speaking with him about the prior incident, Hastings said in the memo.

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