In a move that has left many people scratching their heads, HBO has reportedly fired comedian Kathy Griffin after receiving a call from billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk.
According to sources close to the situation, Musk was concerned about Griffin’s behavior and urged HBO executives to take action.
Griffin, a well-known figure in the world of comedy, has long been known for his controversial and often irreverent humor. But it seems his antics have finally caught up to him.
In a statement, HBO cited Griffin’s “toxic” behavior as the reason for his termination. The network didn’t go into further detail, but sources say Griffin’s recent social media activity may have played a role.
Griffin, who has been an outspoken critic of Musk and his companies in the past, took to Twitter to express his displeasure. “I can’t believe HBO would bow down to a bully like Elon Musk,” she wrote. “This is a clear violation of free speech.”
But Musk, for his part, seemed unfazed by the backlash. “I simply called HBO to express my concerns regarding Ms. Griffin’s behavior,” he tweeted.
“I have a right to do that, just as he has a right to speak his mind. It’s not about censorship, it’s about accountability.”
News of Griffin’s firing has sparked a heated debate online, with many questioning the role that powerful figures like Musk should play in shaping the entertainment industry.
Some have accused him of using his influence to silence voices he does not agree with, while others have praised him for what they see as harmful behavior.
As for Griffin, it remains to be seen what his next move will be. But one thing’s for sure: The controversy over her departure from HBO isn’t likely to die down anytime soon.