Did Netflix oust LGBTQ exec Fran Tirado over NY Times interview?
Netflix has let go of Fran Tirado — the streaming giant’s “brand and editorial strategy lead for LGBTQ content” — after 10 months, raising eyebrows at the timing of the move.
Tirado announced he was leaving a week after The New York Times profiled him in “The Pandemic Work Diary of Netflix’s Queer Champion.” The piece outlined his workweek, from meetings about a Ryan Murphy project to daily meals and music likes.
He also revealed thoughts on rivals — “I’m a little confused by ‘Mrs. America’ on FX,” and “I switch to HBO’s ‘Run’ because the first episode is free on YouTube” — and some goings-on at Netflix — “Our chief executive is doing an early morning Q&A, but I skip it to write.”
But some are wondering whether Netflix knew about the Gray Lady interview beforehand — and if Tirado was axed because of it.
“This marks my last week at Netflix,” he posted. “While I’m SO grateful for my time there and what I’ve accomplished, I am (like many of my media colleagues) also looking for what’s next.”
A rep for Netflix only confirmed Tirado is no longer there.
Tirado told us, “I am unable to comment outside of what I’ve shared on social.”
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