Though the partnership between Gadsby and Netflix previously produced acclaimed work — namely the 2018 standup special “Nanette” and its 2020 follow-up “Douglas” — Gadsby has been increasingly critical of the company’s business relationship with Dave Chappelle and his slew of recent streaming specials that many deemed transphobic. In late 2021, Gadsby called out the company’s co-ceo Ted Sarandos in an Instagram post that seemed to call their working relationship with Netflix into question.
“Hey Ted Sarandos! Just a quick note to let you know that I would prefer if you didn’t drag my name into your mess,” Gadsby wrote. “Now I have to deal with even more of the hate and anger that Dave Chappelle’s fans like to unleash on me every time Dave gets 20 million dollars to process his emotionally stunted partial worldview.