Ted Sarandos, the CEO of Netflix, has addressed the multitude of fans who have expressed their displeasure online regarding various show cancellations done by the streamer.
It appears Sarandos stands by every decision he’s made, saying that the streaming site has “never cancelled a successful show.”
In an interview with Bloomberg, Sarandos and his co-CEO Greg Peters discussed the organisation’s policy on cancellation.
He said: “We have never cancelled a successful show. A lot of these shows were well-intended but talk to a very small audience on a very big budget.
“The key to it is you have to be able to talk to a small audience on a small budget and a large audience at a large budget. If you do that well, you can do that forever.”
Netflix’s recent decision to axe some popular shows including Warrior Nun, Inside Job, Uncoupled and 1899 came as a shock to viewers. Despite being well-loved by its fan base, there was no saving the show after 2 seasons for Warrior Nun as well as one season each for the other 3 shows.
Many fans have taken matters into their own hands, and have tried to get the attention of Netflix’s big bosses in an attempt to get the show renewed for another season.
Fans have made it clear that they want Netflix to renew the sci-fi series 1899, with an online Change.org petition being signed by over 87,000 viewers.
They wrote: “1899 was clearly created with multiple seasons in mind. After the first season, there are a lot of unanswered questions and a big cliffhanger at the end of the last episode. We want a renewal of the show and a proper end to the story.”
However, it seems the voices of passionate supporters are being ignored by the streaming site.
Following 1899 being axed, co-creator Baran bo Odar said: “With a heavy heart we have to tell you that 1899 will not be renewed. We would have loved to finish this incredible journey with a second and third season as we did with Dark. But sometimes things don’t turn out the way you planned. That’s life.
“We know this will disappoint millions of fans out there. But we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts that you were a part of this wonderful adventure. We love you. Never forget.”
The same was true for Warrior Nun, whose co-creator wrote on Twitter after finding out that the show wouldn’t be renewed: “I’ve just found out that @netflix will not be renewing #WarriorNun – my sincere appreciation to all the fans who worked so hard to bring awareness to this series, and for the love you showed me, the cast and the whole production team. It was a privilege to be a part of this.”
Following the news, fans once again turned to Change.org to set up a petition, this time for the show to be renewed for season 3.
Sarah Manning, who set up the petition wrote in part: “As of December 13th, Netflix decided to cancel further seasons of Warrior Nun. We will not sit quietly about this. Over 1.3M tweets of the hashtag (#SaveWarriorNun) were accumulated within 3 days of this news. The hashtag now sits at over 5M+ tweets. This show was extremely important for representation (includes POC, female-led cast, LGBTQ). Nevertheless, Warrior nun is truly a rare show.”
And considering Netflix prices are only going up, it seems like the CEOs might be in for a huge loss of profits when fans cancel their subscriptions.