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The lead game designer on Apex Legends has been fired for racist and sexist comments he made in the past.
These included a blog post in which he referred to women as having the “moron chromosomes” (along with other more sexually explicit language) and another conversation in which he compared a family of Africans to animals.
When the comments began to resurface at the end of last month, Klein addressed them on Twitter, saying: “I was recently confronted with some awful statements I made on a blog I wrote back in 2007.
“I take full ownership for the things I said, and I’m embarrassed, sad, and angry at my younger self for saying this stuff. I hope it is obvious that I don’t believe these things anymore.”
At the time Klein appeared to be supported by Respawn director of communications Ryan Rigney, who stated on Twitter: “Daniel sent me the video himself to make me aware of it. Regarding the comments, I don’t think anything from 2007 reflects on a person in 2021. People grow up.”
This stance was seemingly not shared by others at Respawn, and Klein has now been terminated from the company.
“As of last Friday, I am no longer working at Respawn,” Klein confirmed on Twitter this week.
“You may or may not have seen the awful, bigoted things I said in 2007. I wholeheartedly agree that THAT guy should have been fired.
“I have poured so much energy into becoming a better person since then, and right now I’m just very depressed because it feels I’ll never be able to make up for who I was.
“I said racist and sexist things, not because I deeply believed any of them, but because I knew I could get a reaction out of people. That does not excuse anything I said; the impact of my words was the same regardless of what I believed.”
Klein added that he didn’t believe EA or Respawn had done anything wrong in firing him, saying: “They were absolutely within their rights to terminate me, much as I may disagree with that decision.”
Respawn recently confirmed that it’s still working on Apex Legends’ PS5 and Xbox Series X/S update, and that cross progression is also coming, but not until 2022