June 22, 2018 / 9:27 PM / 5 months ago

Netflix communication head quits over 'insensitive' comment

FILE PHOTO: The Netflix logo is shown above their booth at Comic Con International in San Diego, California, U.S., July 21, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

(Reuters) - Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) Chief Communications Officer Jonathan Friedland is leaving the video streaming company, a company spokesperson said on Friday without giving more details.

Friedland tweeted that he had spoken in an “insensitive” manner. “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,” he tweeted.

Friedland was not immediately available for comment.

Friedland has spent more than seven years with Netflix and was previously with Walt Disney Co (DIS.N).

His departure from Netflix is the latest in a series of top executives resigning over inappropriate behavior.

Ford Motor Co (F.N) former U.S. chief Raj Nair departed abruptly in February after a probe on his behavior, while Intel Corp (INTC.O) former Chief Executive Brian Krzanich resigned on Thursday over a relationship with an employee.

Reporting by Arunima Banerjee and Vibhuti Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur

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