That’s Right Brothers. Hang in There and Don’t Give in: Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos Shakes Dave Chappelle’s Hand and Hugs Him in Public Show of Support After the Streaming Giant’s Staff Tried to Cancel the Comedian Over His Transgender Jokes

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos publicly backed Dave Chappelle as the comedian took to the stage to introduce Jay-Z at the 36th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame introduction ceremony.

‘I would like to apologize…nah, I’m just f***ing with y’all,’ Chappelle said as he began his speech in reference to the controversial transgender jokes he made in his most recent Netflix special The Closer, according to Rolling Stone.

He went on to praise Jay-Z and ended by saying: ‘And I am honored to be the n***a that gets to say, “My n***a, welcome to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,’ before hugging the producer and going backstage to give a beaming Sarandos a handshake.

In a public show of support Sarandos also took a photo with the Chappelle backstage at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio, and was seen candidly laughing at the comedian during a conversation.

He even hugged Sarandos’s wife and former US Ambassador to the Bahamas Nicole Avant.

The co-CEO has supported Chappelle since The Closer was released on the platform and has said that Netflix ‘was working hard to ensure marginalized communities aren’t defined by a single story’ specifically noting ‘we have Sex Education, Orange Is the New Black, Control Z, Hannah Gadsby and Dave Chappelle all on Netflix. Key to this is increasing diversity on the content team itself’.

Sarandos also addressed his staff’s anger over Netflix’s decision to stream The Closer in a company wide email.

‘We know that a number of you have been left angry, disappointed and hurt by our decision to put Dave Chappelle’s latest special on Netflix,’ Sarandos wrote in the email, obtained by Variety.

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Source: Daily Mail