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Dave Chappelle's Special Cost More Than 'Squid Game'

New data gives a clearer picture of just how Netflix judges the performance of its TV shows and movies

Dave Chappelle's “The Closer.”
Dave Chappelle's “The Closer.”Photographer: Mathieu Bitton/Netflix

While reporting on the growing unrest at Netflix over Dave Chappelle’s new special “The Closer,” we obtained internal Netflix data that offered the clearest picture yet of how the service measures the success of its projects. 

Netflix makes this information available to hundreds of its employees, some of whom feel the company should reconsider working with Chappelle – not just because they consider him transphobic, but because it is a poor use of Netflix’s money.