In a move that has left many 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 comedy world, has long been known for her controversial and often irreverent humor. But it seems that her actions have finally caught up with her.
In a statement, HBO cited Griffin’s “toxic” behavior as the reason for her termination. The network did not go into further detail, but sources suggest that Griffin’s recent social media activity may have played a role.
Griffin, who has been a vocal critic of Musk and his companies in the past, took to Twitter to express her outrage. “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 about Ms. Griffin’s behavior,” he tweeted.
“I have a right to do that, just as she has a right to speak her mind. This is not about censorship, it’s about accountability.”
The 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 doesn’t agree with, while others have praised him for taking a stand against what he sees as harmful behavior.
As for Griffin, it remains to be seen what her next move will be. But one thing is for sure: the controversy surrounding her departure from HBO is unlikely to die down anytime soon.