Netflix fired its communications director for using the N-word at least twice during meetings, reported the Independent on June 23, which added that “Jonathan Friedland, a former Disney executive, said he felt “awful” for what he described as a “lapse”.

“In an internal memo sent to Netflix employees, chief executive Reed Hastings apologised for not firing Mr Friedland sooner.

““I’ve made a decision to let go of Jonathan Friedland,” he said in a statement.

““Jonathan contributed greatly in many areas, but his descriptive use of the N-word on at least two occasions at work showed unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity, and is not in line with our values as a company.”

“Mr Friedland joined Netflix in early 2011 and became its chief spokesperson the following year.

“He used the term twice in the space of several days in meetings with colleagues.”

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